Thursday, June 11, 2009

Russian generals of the highest rank


The highest rank for the generals in the Imperial Russia and Soviet Union was that of "generalissimus" which is no longer in use. The Russian/Soviet armies have known six Russian generals in total who have enjoyed this rank, who are

  • Aleksei Shein (1662–1700)

  • Aleksandr Danilovich Menshikov (1673–1729)

  • Anthony Ulrich II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1714–1776)

  • Aleksandr Suvorov(1729–1800)

  • Joseph Stalin (1879–1953)


  • The most illustrious of them is arguably Alexander Suvorov, the Russian general who has never suffered a defeat, and who was the first Russian general to beat Napoleon. Antony Urlich II is probably the least notable of them all, - he was promoted to the rank of generalissimus by his wife, Emperatress Anna. Joseph Stalin is the only Soviet-era generalissimus of the Soviet army. Interestingly he was promoted to the rank of generalissimus from being a civilian without any prior military experience. On the other hand both Alexandr Menshikov and Alexandr Suvorov have served through the all of the ranks of the Russian army, starting from the lowest.

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