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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.

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    George Smith Patton Jr. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a General of the United...  more

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  • Ulysses S. Grant
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  • George Washington
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  • Erwin Rommel
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  • Heinz Guderian
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  • Ferdinand Foch
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  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
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  • Omar Bradley

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  • Andrew Jackson
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  • Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.
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