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Lieutenant field marshal

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Lieutenant field marshal, also frequently historically field marshal lieutenant German: Feldmarschall-Leutnant, formerly Feldmarschallleutnant, historically also Feldmarschall-Lieutenant and, in official Imperial and Royal Austrian army documents from 1867 always Feldmarschalleutnant, abbreviated FML, was a senior army rank in certain European armies of the 17th to 20th centuries It emerged as the rank of field marshal German: Feldmarschall came to be used for the highest army commander in the 17th century having originally been the equivalent of a cavalry colonel2 In German-speaking countries the commander-in-chief usually appointed an "under marshal" Untermarschall or "lieutenant field marshal" to support and represent the field marshal Amongst his functions as the personal deputy to the field marshal, were the supervision of supply depots and routes, and inspection of the guards


  • 1 Development
  • 2 References
  • 3 Literature
  • 4 See also


The rank was used by the Imperial Army of the Holy Roman Empire from the 17th century until 1806 It was also introduced to the Army of the Austrian Empire in the period 1804 to 1866, and the Austro-Hungarian Army from 1867 to 1918, where it was the second highest general rank after the various heads of arm - the general of infantry, general of cavalry and general of artillery - until the introduction of the rank of colonel general in 1915 On the re-introduction of the rank of field marshal, it fell back to third place in terms of seniority

Prince Montecuccoli, a field marshal himself in the Habsburg army gives the order of precedence in the Imperial Army as follows:3

  • Feldhauptmann commander-in-chief
  • General-Lieutenant or Feldhauptmann Lieutenant lieutenant general
  • Feldmarschall field marshal
  • General der Kavallerie and General der Artillerie general of cavalry and general of artillery
  • Felmarschall-Lieutenant field marshal lieutenant
  • General-Feldwachtmeister major general

In 1789, for example, the Emperor conferred the rank of "Lieutenant Field Marshal on the Major Generals Count de Harrach, Baron d'Alvinzi, Prince Christian de Waldeck, Baron de Levenehr and Baron de Wallisch"4

Subsequently, the order of precedence of general ranks in the Austro-Hungarian Army was as follows:

  • Feldmarschall field marshal
  • Generaloberst, introduced in 1915 colonel general
  • General der Infanterie, General der Kavallerie, and Feldzeugmeister general of infantry, general of cavalry and general of artillery
  • Feldmarschall-Leutnant field marshal lieutenant, Hungarian: Altábornagy
  • Generalmajor major general

At that time, a field marshal lieutenant of the kuk Army was equivalent to the Generalleutnant lieutenant general of the Prussian Army today comparable to an OF7, major general or two-star rank The normal assignment of a lieutenant field marshal was command of a division-sized formation He was addressed by the honorific title of "excellency"

In Austria the rank continued to be used after 1918 by the commander-in-chief FML Adolf von Boog of the so-called Volkswehr People´s Defence until 1919 However, the Bundesheer of the First Republic adopted the designation, structure and sequence of the German ranks in 1920 In 1933, following national tradition, Austrian ranks, insignia and uniforms were reintroduced, including lieutenant field marshal These ranks remained in use until the Anschluss in 1938

The equivalent of lieutenant field marshal in the Hungarian Army was the rank of altábornagy Today it is still in use as NATO OF-8, three-star rank corresponding to lieutenant general in English-speaking armed forces


  1. ^ The abbreviation "OF" stands for "officer / officier"
  2. ^ Delbrück, Hans The Dawn of Modern Warfare Lincoln, USA: University of Nebraska, 1985 p 257
  3. ^ Montecuccoli, Prince Raimondo Writings: Military Writings, 2:210 Revised by Captain Alois Veltm, Vienna and Leipzig, 1899 Austrian State Archives
  4. ^ The Gentleman's Magazine, Vol 65, London, 1789, p 558


  • Georg von Alten: Handbuch für Heer und Flotte Vol III, Berlin, 1911
  • Constantin von Wurzbach: Biographisches Lexikon des Kaiserthums Österreich, 60 vols, Vienna, 1856-1891
  • Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, 56 vols, Munich-Leipzig, 1875-1912
  • Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815-1950, hitherto 12 volumes, Vienna,1957 ff
  • Neue Österreichische Biographie ab Band 10: Grosse Österreicher, hitherto 21 volumes, Vienna, 1935-1982
  • Felix Czeike: Historisches Lexikon Wien, 5 vols, Vienna, 1992-1997
  • Antonio Schmidt-Brentano: Kaiserliche und kk Generale 1618-1815, Austrian State Archives
  • Antonio Schmidt-Brentano: Die kk bzw kuk Generalität 1816-1918, Austrian State Archives
  • Adjustierungsvorschrift für die kuk gemeinsame Armee, die kk Landwehr, die ku Landwehr, die verbundenen Einrichtungen und das Corps der Militär-Beamten complete works Vienna/Bozen, 1912

See alsoedit

  • Ranks in the Austro-Hungarian Navy
  • Rank insignias of the Austro-Hungarian armed forces

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