Can You Name These Historical Military Leaders?

War has been around since the beginning of civilization. Countless military leaders and heroes have emerged over the many years of fighting. Some historical military generals led using inspiration and charisma, while others reigned with fear and destruction. These iconic leaders implemented successful strategies, engaged in intense battles, and made the hard decisions on whether to go forward or retreat. Good or bad, these commanders have immortalized their names through their great military feats and accomplishments. Exceptional leadership is essential to winning conflicts, battles, skirmishes, and wars. Military leaders must be commanding, respected, and assertive to encourage armies of thousands to follow them.  There are famous generals, infamous warriors, and all kinds of military commanders in between. Around the world and throughout history, wars have been won because of the incredible leadership of one person.

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General of the Armies has only been awarded to two people

The highest rank in the United States Army is the General of the Armies, which has only been awarded to George Washington and John J. Pershing. In 1976, George Washington was posthumously honored during the United States Bicentennial celebrations. John J. Pershing was awarded the title in 1919 as a personal accolade for his command of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. Although this honor is often referred to as a six-star general, the six-star rank has never been officially recognized by the military or Congress.

General of the Armies of the United States is senior to the five-star grade of general of the Army; however, there is no official six-star insignia. Congress specified Washington's new status of General of the Armies ranked above all other grades of the Army, past or present, to make him unambiguously the highest-ranking Army officer in 1976. Pershing's title is sometimes debated as he never wore more than four stars.

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