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Field Marshal

 

(Russian, general-fel’dmarshal), the highest military rank in the ground forces. It was introduced for the first time in Germany in the 16th century. In Russia it was introduced in 1699. It corresponds to the rank of marshal in France and some other countries. In Russia there were 64 field marshals altogether, among them B. P. Sheremetev, P. S. Saltykov, P. A. Rumiantsev, M. I. Kutuzov, and D. A. Miliutin.

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This was evident in his earliest work, The Life of Fieldmarshal Count Gneisenau, in which he described the destruction of eighteenth-century tactics by the French Revolution.
At this time 60 years ago, there was fierce fighting in Italy as Allied Tanks and infantry ``inched'' forward against stiff resistance from FieldMarshal Albert Kesselring's ``fortress'' line below Rome.