View Full Version : History of military rank of general

09-03-2008, 07:16 AM
Does anybody know when the title "general" started to be used, especially in England?

09-03-2008, 09:44 AM
If it helps: Wiki Entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Army_officer_rank_insignia#Historical_rank s)


09-03-2008, 09:53 AM
Wikipedia has more. This is just the start:
In French history, “lieutenant du roi” was a title borne by the officer sent with military powers to represent the king in certain provinces. A lieutenant du roi was sometimes known as a lieutenant general to distinguish him from lieutenants subordinate to mere captains. The sergeant acting as staff officer to the captain general was known as the sergeant-major general. This was eventually shortened to major general, while captain general was shortened to simply general. This is the reason why a major outranks a lieutenant, but a lieutenant general outranks a major general.

09-04-2008, 03:46 AM
Thanks guys. I had poked around on Wikipedia, but had managed to miss that. And yes, it did help.