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marshal US English

An officer of the highest rank in the armed forces of some countries, including France

marshal US Thesaurus

they marshaled an army

air marshal US English

A high rank of officer in the RAF, above air vice-marshal and below air chief marshal

sky marshal US English

An armed guard who travels incognito on certain international flights, trained to take action in the event of a hijack or other terrorist action

Earl Marshal US English

(In the UK) the officer presiding over the College of Arms, with ceremonial duties on various royal occasions

field marshal US English

An officer of the highest rank in the British and other armies

provo-marshal US English

= provost marshal.

federal marshal US English

An officer responsible for carrying out law enforcement on behalf of the federal courts; (now) specifically an officer of the U.S. Marshals Service.

knight marshal US English

An officer of the royal household with judicial functions

provost marshal US English

The head of military police in camp or on active service

air chief marshal US English

A high rank of officer in the RAF, above air marshal and below Marshal of the RAF

air vice-marshal US English

A high rank of officer in the RAF, above air commodore and below air marshal

provost marshal general US English

A senior military officer concerned with discipline and the arrest, custody, or punishment of offenders. Now chiefly US: the head of the military police and the criminal investigation department of the army.

Earl Marshal of Ireland US English

A title conferred in 1574 upon Walter Devereux, Earl of Essex, during his campaigns in Ireland under Elizabeth I (previously bestowed on the future Henry VIII at the age of five). Now historical.

marshal of the King's house US English

An official of the royal household who adjudicated in the Marshalsea court; = knight marshal. Now historical.

Marshal of the Royal Air Force US English

The highest rank of officer in the RAF

Ney, Michel US English

(1768–1815), French marshal. One of Napoleon’s leading generals, he commanded the French cavalry at Waterloo (1815), but after Napoleon’s overthrow was executed by the Bourbons

Tito US English

(1892–1980), Yugoslav marshal and statesman; prime minister 1945–53 and president 1953–80; born Josip Broz. He organized a communist resistance movement against the German invasion of Yugoslavia in 1941. He became head of the new government at the end of World War II and established Yugoslavia as a nonaligned communist state with a federal constitution

Joffre, Joseph US English

(1852–1931), French marshal; commander in chief of the French army on the western front during World War I; full name Joseph Jacques Césaire Joffre

Pétain, Philippe US English

(1856–1951), French general and statesman; head of state 1940–44; full name Henri Philippe Omer Pétain. In 1940, he established the French government at Vichy (effectively a puppet regime for the Third Reich) until the German occupation in 1942. After the war, his death sentence for collaboration was commuted to life imprisonment

Haig, Douglas US English

1st Earl Haig of Bemersyde (1861–1928), British Field Marshal. During the First World War he served as Commander-in-Chief of British forces in France, maintaining a strategy of attrition throughout his command

Roberts, Frederick Sleigh US English

1st Earl Roberts of Kandahar (1832–1914), British Field Marshal. He helped suppress the Indian Mutiny of 1857-8, secured victory at Kandahar (1880), ending the Second Afghan War, and planned the successful march on the Boer capital of Pretoria (1900) during the Second Boer War

Rommel, Erwin US English

(1891–1944), German field marshal; known as the Desert Fox. As commander of the Afrika Korps, he captured Tobruk in 1942, but he was defeated by Montgomery at El Alamein later that year. Implicated in the officers' conspiracy against Hitler in 1944, he committed suicide

Kitchener, Herbert US English

(1850–1916), British field marshal and statesman, born in Ireland; full name Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener. He served as secretary of state for war during World War I

Montgomery, Bernard Law US English

1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (1887–1976), British field marshal; known as Monty. His victory at El Alamein in 1942 was the first significant Allied success in World War II. He commanded the Allied ground forces in the invasion of Normandy in 1944 and accepted the German surrender on May 7, 1945