Army

List of Famous Generals

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

This list includes American generals, like George Washington and Andrew Jackson, and other historical generals as well. These men have either led an army to victory or had a significant impact on the battlefield. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known generals to the lesser known generals of today, these are some of the best professionals in the general field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous generals ever?" and "What are the names of famous generals?" then you're in the right place.

  • George Smith Patton Jr. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a General of the United States Army who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, and the U.S. ...more
  • Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant; April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was an American soldier, politician, and international statesman who served as the 18th president of the United States from ...more
  • George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention ...more
  • Johannes Erwin Eugen Rommel (15 November 1891 – 14 October 1944) was a German general and military theorist. Popularly known as the Desert Fox, he served as field marshal in the Wehrmacht (Defense ...more
  • Heinz Wilhelm Guderian (German: [ɡuˈdeːʁi̯an]; 17 June 1888 – 14 May 1954) was a German general during World War II. An early pioneer and advocate of the "Blitzkrieg" doctrine, he became chief of ...more
  • Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg (listen), known simply as Paul von Hindenburg (German: [ˈpaʊl fɔn ˈhɪndn̩bʊʁk] (listen); 2 October 1847 – 2 August 1934) was a German ...more
  • Chiang Kai-shek (; 31 October 1887 – 5 April 1975), also known as Generalissimo Chiang or Chiang Chungcheng and romanized as Chiang Chieh-shih or Jiang Jieshi, was a Chinese nationalist ...more
  • Ferdinand Foch (French: [fɔʃ]; 2 October 1851 – 20 March 1929) was a French general and military theorist who served as the Supreme Allied Commander during the First World War. An aggressive, even ...more
  • Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower ( EYE-zən-how-ər; October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an American army general and statesman who served as the 34th president of the United States from 1953 to 1961. ...more
  • General of the Army Omar Nelson Bradley (February 12, 1893 – April 8, 1981) was a senior officer of the United States Army during and after World War II. Bradley was the first Chairman of the Joint ...more
  • Robert Edward Lee was an American soldier best known for commanding the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War from 1862 until his surrender in 1865. The son of Revolutionary ...more
  • General of the Armies John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing (September 13, 1860 – July 15, 1948) was a senior United States Army officer. His most famous post was when he served as the commander of the ...more
  • Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, (; 17 November 1887 – 24 March 1976), nicknamed "Monty" and "The Spartan General", was a senior British Army officer who ...more
  • Erich Friedrich Wilhelm Ludendorff (9 April 1865 – 20 December 1937) was a German general, the victor of the Battle of Liège and the Battle of Tannenberg. From August 1916, his appointment as ...more
  • Alfred Josef Ferdinand Jodl (listen ; until 1899 Alfred Josef Baumgärtel 10 May 1890 – 16 October 1946) was a German general during World War II, who served as the Chief of the Operations Staff of ...more
  • Henri Philippe Benoni Omer Joseph Pétain (24 April 1856 – 23 July 1951), generally known as Philippe Pétain (, French: [filip petɛ̃]), Marshal Pétain (Maréchal Pétain) or The Old Marshal (Le Vieux ...more
  • Aleksei Alekseyevich Brusilov (Russian: Алексе́й Алексе́евич Бруси́лов; 1 September [O.S. 19 August] 1853 – 17 March 1926) was a Russian general most noted for the development of new offensive ...more
  • Field Marshal Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, (; 19 June 1861 – 29 January 1928) was a Scottish senior officer of the British Army. During the First World War, he commanded the British Expeditionary ...more
  • Robert Georges Nivelle (French: [nivɛl]; 15 October 1856 – 22 March 1924) was a French artillery officer who served in the Boxer Rebellion, and the First World War. Nivelle was a very capable ...more
  • General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880 – April 5, 1964) was an American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army ...more
  • Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) was an American soldier and statesman who served as the seventh president of the United States from 1829 to 1837. Before being elected to the ...more
  • Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. (; August 22, 1934 – December 27, 2012) was a United States Army General. While serving as the commander of United States Central Command, he led all coalition forces ...more
  • Wilhelm Bodewin Johann Gustav Keitel (22 September 1882 – 16 October 1946) was a German field marshal who served as Chief of the Armed Forces High Command (German: Oberkommando der Wehrmacht or OKW)  ...more
  • Marshal Joseph Jacques Césaire Joffre (French: [ʒɔsɛf ʒɔfʁ]; 12 January 1852 – 3 January 1931), was a French general who served as Commander-in-Chief of French forces on the Western Front from the ...more
  • Maximiliano Hernández Martínez (October 20, 1882 – May 15, 1966) was the Acting President of El Salvador from 1931 to 1934 and the 30th President of El Salvador from 1935 to 1944. He was the leader ...more