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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.

George S. Patton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Generals
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 ...more

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Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Generals
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 ...more

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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

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Erwin Rommel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Generals
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 ...more

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Heinz Guderian is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Generals
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 ...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 (listen), known simply as Paul von Hindenburg (German: [ˈpaʊl fɔn ˈhɪndn̩bʊʁk] (listen); 2 October 1847 – 2 August 1934) was a German ...more

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Chiang Kai-shek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Generals
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

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Ferdinand Foch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Generals
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, ...more
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Generals
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 ...more

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Omar Bradley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Generals
Omar Bradley
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 ...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

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John J. Pershing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Generals
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 ...more
Bernard Montgomery, 1st ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Generals
Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
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 ...more
Erich Ludendorff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Generals
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 ...more
Alfred Jodl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Generals
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 ...more
Philippe Pétain ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Generals
Henri Philippe Benoni Omer Joseph Pétain (24 April 1856 – 23 July 1951), generally known as Philippe Pétain (, French: [filip petɛ̃]), Marshal Pétain (Maréchal ...more
Aleksei Brusilov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Generals
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
Douglas Haig, 1st Earl H... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Generals
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 ...more
Robert Nivelle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Generals
Robert Nivelle
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
Douglas MacArthur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Generals
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 ...more

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Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Generals
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

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Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Generals
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 ...more
Wilhelm Keitel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Generals
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 ...more

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Joseph Joffre is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Generals
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 ...more
Maximiliano Herná... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Generals
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. ...more