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Encyclopedia > Field Marshal (UK)
Field Marshal Viscount Slim in his Field Marshal's uniform, holding a marshal's baton.
Field Marshal Viscount Slim in his Field Marshal's uniform, holding a marshal's baton.
The flag of a Field Marshal is the Union Flag.[1]
The flag of a Field Marshal is the Union Flag.[1]

Field Marshal is the highest military rank of the United Kingdom, equivalent to a General of the Army in other countries. It ranks immediately above the rank of General and is the Army equivalent to an Admiral of the Fleet. FieldMarshal This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (922x1493, 1104 KB)This photograph is from the Australian Parliamentary Handbook, and is held under Crown copyright by the Commonwealth of Australia. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (922x1493, 1104 KB)This photograph is from the Australian Parliamentary Handbook, and is held under Crown copyright by the Commonwealth of Australia. ... Field Marshal William Joseph Slim, 1st Viscount Slim, KG, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, GBE, DSO, MC (6 August 1897 – 14 December 1970), British military commander and 13th Governor-General of Australia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Flag Ratio: 1:2 Union Jack is the common name for the Union Flag (official name) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. ... General of the Army, or less formally five-star general, is historically the second most senior rank in the United States Army. ... A General is an officer of high military rank. ... Royal Navy Insignia Admiral of the Fleet is a rank of the British Royal Navy and many other navies, the equivalent of Fleet Admiral in the United States Navy. ...


The rank insignia of a Field Marshal in the British Army comprises two crossed batons in a wreath, with a crown above. In some other countries, previously under the sphere of British influence, an adapted version of the insignia is used for Field Marshals, often with the crown being replaced with an alternative cultural or national emblem. The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ... Note: This article is about the military usage of the word marshal. For other usages, see the end of this article. ...


The office of Marshal was known in England from the 12th century, but in the introduction of the modern military title Great Britain was a relative latecomer. It was introduced by George I, the first King of the House of Hanover, in the style of the continental armies. The 1st Earl of Orkney became the first field marshal in 1736. Marshal (also sometimes spelled marshall in American English, but not in British English) is a word used in several official titles of various branches of society. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid... (11th century - 12th century - 13th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 12th century was that century which lasted from 1101 to 1200. ... George I (Georg Ludwig) (28 May 1660 – 11 June 1727) was Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (Hanover) from 23 January 1698, and King of Great Britain and King of Ireland from 1 August 1714, until his death. ... The House of Hanover (the Hanoverians) were a German royal dynasty of Lombard descent which succeeded the House of Stuart as kings of Great Britain in 1714. ... George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney (February 9, 1666 - January 29, 1737) was a British soldier. ... Events January 26 - Stanislaus I of Poland abdicates his throne. ...


During the early part of the 20th century the Chief of the Imperial General Staff was usually a Field Marshal. After the creation of the office of Chief of the Defence Staff, Army occupants of the office were Field Marshals until the 1990s. Now, no Field Marshals are to be routinely appointed in peacetime, although members of the Royal Family and certain other very senior officers are still eligible to be appointed (although none has been appointed since the general suspension of the rank). (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the... Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS) was the title of the professional head of the British Army from 1908 to 1964. ... The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) is the professional head of the British Armed Forces. ... The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive. ... Members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony The British Royal Family is a group of people closely related to the British monarch. ...


Although traditionally the British monarch is a Field Marshal, Queen Elizabeth II does not hold that rank, and the Prince of Wales has been said to have indicated an unwillingness to be the only five-star officer of the armed forces. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Edward, Duke of Kent are two of the few remaining Field Marshals of the British Army. Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor) (born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen independent nations known as the Commonwealth Realms. ... The Prince of Wales The Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (Charles Philip Arthur George Mountbatten-Windsor) (born 14 November 1948), is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. ... The Duke of Edinburgh The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (Philip Mountbatten, formerly Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark) (born 10 June 1921, Greece) is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. ... The Duke of Kent Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, (Edward George Nicholas Patrick Windsor) (born 9 October 1935), is a member of the British Royal Family, a grandchild of King George V. He has held the title of Duke of Kent since 1942. ...


The Royal Marines do not have an equivalent rank to Field Marshal, although the position of Captain General has the same insignia and uniform as an Army Field Marshal. Her Majestys Royal Marines, also known as Royal Marines (RM), are the United Kingdoms amphibious force and a core component of the countrys Rapid Deployment Force. ... The Captain General Royal Marines is the ceremonial head of the Royal Marines. ...


References

  1. ^ Bartram, Graham (2005-08-29). United Kingdom: Ministry of Defence and army (in EN). Flags of the World. URL accessed on 2006-6-1.

See also

British officer ranks This is a list of Field Marshals of the Kingdom of Great Britain and of the United Kingdom, with their respective years of appointment. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... In military organizations, a commissioned officer is a member of the service who derives authority directly from a sovereign power, and as such holds a commission from that power. ...

  Student Officer OF(D) OF-1 OF-2 OF-3 OF-4 OF-5 OF-6 OF-7 OF-8 OF-9 OF-10
Royal Navy: OCdt Mid SLt Lt Lt Cdr Cdr Capt Cdre RAdm VAdm Adm Adm of the Fleet
Royal Marines: OCdt 2Lt Lt Capt Maj Lt Col Col Brig Maj Gen Lt Gen Gen
Army: OCdt 2Lt Lt Capt Maj Lt Col Col Brig Maj Gen Lt Gen Gen FM
Royal Air Force: OC / SO APO / PO FO Flt Lt Sqn Ldr Wg Cdr Gp Capt ACdre AVM AM ACM MRAF

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Field Marshal (UK) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (420 words)
Field Marshal is the highest military rank of the United Kingdom, equivalent to a General of the Army in other countries.
Now, no Field Marshals are to be routinely appointed in peacetime, although members of the Royal Family and certain other very senior officers are still eligible to be appointed (although none has been appointed since the general suspension of the rank).
Although traditionally the British monarch is a Field Marshal, Queen Elizabeth II does not hold that rank, and the Prince of Wales has been said to have indicated an unwillingness to be the only five-star officer of the armed forces.
Field Marshal (Australia) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (751 words)
Field Marshal is the highest rank of the Australian Army and was created as a direct equivalent of the British military rank of field marshal.
He was handed his field marshal's baton at his bedside by the then Govenor-General of Australia, Lord Gowrie.
The only other Field Marshal involved in direct command of Australian Military Forces was British-born Field Marshal Sir William Birdwood, later Lord Birdwood, who commanded the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in the First World War.
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