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List of Famous Military Leaders

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List of famous military leaders, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top military leaders in the world? This includes the most prominent military leaders, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable military leaders is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic military leaders were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned military leaders.

Items on this list include Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and Tommy Franks.

From reputable, prominent, and well known military leaders to the lesser known military leaders of today, these are some of the best professionals in the military leader field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous military leaders ever?" and "What are the names of famous military leaders?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}
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    Joan of Arc (in French Jeanne d'Arc pronounced [ʒan daʁk]; c. 1412 – 30 May 1431), nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans" (French: La Pucelle d'Orléans), is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years' War, and was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint. She was born to Jacques d'Arc and Isabelle Romée, a peasant family, at Domrémy in northeast France. Joan claimed to have received visions of the archangel Michael, Saint Margaret, and Saint Catherine of Alexandria instructing her to support Charles VII and recover France from English domination late in the Hundred Years' War. The uncrowned King Charles VII sent Joan to the Siege of Orléans as part of...  more

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    Kemal Atatürk (until 1934: Mustafa Kemal Pasha, Ottoman Turkish: مصطفى كمال پاشا‎; after 1935: Kamâl Atatürk; 19 May 1881 (conventional) – 10 November 1938), commonly referred to as Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (; Turkish: [mustaˈfa ceˈmal aˈtatyɾc]), was a Turkish field marshal (Mareşal), revolutionary statesman, author, and founder of the Republic of Turkey, serving as its first President from 1923 until his death in 1938. His leadership undertook sweeping liberal reforms, which modernized Turkey into a secular, industrial nation. Ideologically a secularist and nationalist, his policies and theories became known as Kemalism. Atatürk came to prominence for his role in securing the Ottoman Turkish...  more

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    Tommy Ray Franks (born June 17, 1945) is a retired general in the United States Army. His last Army post was as the Commander of the U.S. Central Command, overseeing U.S. military operations in a 25-country region, including the Middle East. Franks succeeded General Anthony Zinni to this position on July 6, 2000 and served until his retirement on July 7, 2003. Franks was the U.S. general leading the attack on the Taliban in Afghanistan in response to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon in 2001. He also oversaw the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein....  more
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    Abdelhakim Belhadj (Arabic: عبد الحكيم بالحاج ‎, nom de guerre Abu Abdallah Assadaq) is a Libyan commander of anti-Gaddafi forces in the civil war that started in 2011. He is a known Islamist fighter and is a veteran of the Soviet-Afghan war. He was appointed commander of the Tripoli Military Council after the rebels took over Tripoli during Operation Mermaid Dawn in late August 2011....  more