Army List of Famous Generals

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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 S. Patton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Generals
George Smith Patton, Jr. was a United States Army general, who commanded the Seventh United States Army in the Mediterranean and European Theaters of WWII, but is best known for his leadership ...more

Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Generals
Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States. As Commanding General, Grant worked closely with President Abraham Lincoln to lead the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy. ...more

George Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Generals
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 ...more

Erwin Rommel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Generals
Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel, popularly known as the Desert Fox, was a German field marshal of World War II. He earned the respect of both his own troops and his enemies. Rommel was a highly ...more

Heinz Guderian is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Generals
Heinz Wilhelm Guderian was a German general during World War II, noted for his success as a leader of Panzer units in Poland, France and Russia. Guderian had pioneered motorized tactics in the ...more

Paul von Hindenburg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Generals
Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg, known universally as Paul von Hindenburg was a Prussian-German field marshal, statesman, and politician, and served as the second ...more

Chiang Kai-shek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Generals
Chiang Kai-shek was a Chinese political and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China between 1928 and 1975. He is known as Chiang Chung-cheng or Chiang Chieh-shih in ...more

Ferdinand Foch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Generals
Marshal Ferdinand Foch, was a French soldier, military theorist and the Allied Généralissime during the First World War. At the outbreak of war in August 1914, Foch's XX Corps ...more

Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Generals
Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during WWII and served as Supreme ...more

Omar Bradley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Generals
Omar Nelson "Brad" Bradley was a United States Army field commander in North Africa and Europe during World War II, and a General of the Army. From the Normandy landings through the ...more

Robert E. Lee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Generals
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 ...more

John J. Pershing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Generals
John J. Pershing appeared in the 1942 film For Me and My Gal.

Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscou... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Generals
Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC, nicknamed "Monty" and the "Spartan General", was a British Army officer. He saw ...more

Erich Ludendorff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Generals
Erich Friedrich Wilhelm Ludendorff was a German general, victor of Liège and of the Battle of Tannenberg. From August 1916, his appointment as Quartermaster general made him joint head, ...more

Alfred Jodl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Generals
Alfred Josef Ferdinand Jodl was a German military commander, attaining the position of Chief of the Operations Staff of the Armed Forces High Command during World War II, acting as deputy to ...more

Philippe Pétain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Generals
Henri Philippe Benoni Omer Joseph Pétain, generally known as Philippe Pétain, Marshal Pétain, was a French general who reached the distinction of Marshal of France, and was ...more

Aleksei Brusilov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Generals
Aleksei Alekseevich Brusilov was a Russian general most noted for the development of new offensive tactics used in the 1916 Brusilov Offensive. The innovative and relatively successful tactics ...more

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Generals
Field Marshal Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, KT, GCB, OM, GCVO, KCIE, ADC was a British senior officer during the First World War. He commanded the British Expeditionary Force from 1915 to the end ...more

Robert Nivelle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Generals
Robert Nivelle Robert Georges Nivelle was a French artillery officer who served in the Boxer Rebellion, and the First World War. Nivelle was a very capable commander and organizer of field artillery at the ...more

Douglas MacArthur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Generals
Douglas MacArthur was an American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the ...more

Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Generals
Andrew Jackson was the seventh President of the United States. He was born near the end of the colonial era, somewhere near the then-unmarked border between North and South Carolina, into a ...more

Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Generals
H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. was a United States Army general. While serving as Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Schwarzkopf grew up in the United ...more

Wilhelm Keitel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Generals
Wilhelm Bodewin Johann Gustav Keitel was a German field marshal who served as chief of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht for most of World War II, making him the Chief of Defense for Germany. At ...more

Joseph Joffre is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Generals
Joseph Joffre Marshal Joseph Jacques Césaire Joffre, G.C.B., O.M., was a French general, who served as Commander-in-Chief of French forces on the Western Front from the start of World War I until the ...more

Maximiliano Hernández Martínez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Generals
Maximiliano Hernández Martínez was the President of El Salvador from 1931 to 1944. While he served as President Arturo Araujo's vice-president and defense minister, a directorate ...more

Erich von Falkenhayn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Generals
Erich von Falkenhayn General der Infanterie Erich Georg Anton von Falkenhayn was a German soldier and Chief of the General Staff during the first two years of World War I. He became a military writer after World War

Colin Powell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Generals
Colin Luther Powell is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under U.S. President George W. ...more

Ivan Konev is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Generals
Ivan Stepanovich Konev, was a Soviet military commander, who led Red Army forces on the Eastern Front during World War II, retook much of Eastern Europe from occupation by the Axis Powers, and ...more

Emiliano Zapata is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Generals
Emiliano Zapata Salazar was a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, the main leader of the peasant revolution in the state of Morelos, and the founder of the agrarian movement called ...more

Georgy Zhukov is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Generals
Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov, was a Soviet career officer in the Red Army who, in the course of World War II, played the most pivotal role in leading the Red Army drive through much of Eastern ...more

Yuan Shikai is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Generals
Yuan Shikai was a Chinese general, politician and "emperor", famous for his influence during the late Qing Dynasty, his role in the events leading up to the abdication of the last Qing ...more

John Foster is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Generals
John Watson Foster was an American diplomat and military officer, as well as a lawyer and journalist. His highest public office was U.S. Secretary of State under Benjamin Harrison, although he ...more

Kurt von Schleicher is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Generals
Kurt Ferdinand Friedrich Hermann von Schleicher was a German general and the second to last Chancellor of Germany during the era of the Weimar Republic. An important player in the German Army's ...more

Vasily Chuikov is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Generals
Vasily Ivanovich Chuikov was a Soviet lieutenant general in the Red Army during World War II, commander of the 62nd Army during the Battle of Stalingrad, twice Hero of the Soviet Union, and ...more

Pancho Villa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Generals
José Doroteo Arango Arámbula – better known by his pseudonym Francisco Villa or his nickname Pancho Villa – was one of the most prominent Mexican Revolutionary generals. As ...more

Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Generals
Zachary Taylor was the 12th President of the United States, serving from March 1849 until his death in July 1850. Before his presidency, Taylor was a career officer in the United States Army, ...more

Gustavo Rojas Pinilla is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Generals
Gustavo Rojas Pinilla was the 19th President of Colombia from June 1953 to May 1957. An Army General, he mounted a successful coup d'état against the incumbent President, Laureano ...more

John Aaron Rawlins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Generals
John Aaron Rawlins was an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War. A confidant of Ulysses S. Grant, Rawlins served on Grant's staff throughout the war, rising to the rank of ...more

Ramón González Valencia is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Generals
Ramón González Valencia was a Colombian conservative, military officer and statesman. He participated in the civil wars of 1876, Colombian Civil War of 1895, and the Thousand Days

Pedro Nel Ospina Vázquez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Generals
Pedro Nel Ignacio Tomás de Villanueva Ospina Vásquez was a Colombian General and political figure. He served as president of Colombia between 1922 and 1926.

Marcus Licinius Crassus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Generals
Marcus Licinius Crassus was a Roman general and politician who played a key role in the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. Amassing an enormous fortune during his life, ...more

James Oglethorpe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Generals
James Edward Oglethorpe was a British general, Member of Parliament, philanthropist, and founder of the colony of Georgia. As a social reformer, he hoped to resettle Britain's poor, especially ...more

George B. McClellan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Generals
George Brinton McClellan was a major general during the American Civil War and the Democratic presidential nominee in 1864, who later served as Governor of New Jersey. He organized the famous ...more

John A. Quitman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Generals
John Anthony Quitman was an American politician and soldier. He served as Governor of Mississippi from 1835 to 1836 as a Whig and again from 1850 to 1851 as a Democrat and one of the leading ...more

William Miranda Marín is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Generals
William "Willie" Miranda Marín was the mayor of Caguas, Puerto Rico from 1997 until his death in 2010.

Piotr Jaroszewicz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Generals
Gen. Piotr Jaroszewicz was a post World War II Polish political figure. He served as the Prime Minister of Poland between 1970 and 1980.

Gabriel París Gordillo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Generals
Gabriel París Gordillo was President of Colombia from May 1957 to August 1958 as Chairman of the Colombian Military Junta Government following the 1957 Coup d'état.

Antonio López de Santa Anna is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Generals
Antonio de Padua María Severino López de Santa Anna y Pérez de Lebrón, often known as Santa Anna or López de Santa Anna and sometimes called "the Napoleon ...more

Charles XIV John of Sweden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Generals
Charles XIV & III John, also Carl John, Swedish and Norwegian: Karl Johan was King of Sweden and King of Norway from 1818 until his death and served as de facto regent and head of state from ...more

Joaquim Pimenta de Castro is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Generals
Joaquim Pereira Pimenta de Castro, 10th Count of Pimenta de Castro was a Portuguese army officer and politician. He was a career military officer reaching the position of General, also graduated ...more