In the Bundeswehr , a commanding general usually has the rank of lieutenant general . During the Cold War , the major formations above the German corps ( I. , II. , III. , IV. ) Were led by a general of a member state of NATO . The corps was the last purely national level of command. Today, among others, the military leaders of the following higher command authorities hold the title of commanding general:
- I. German-Dutch Corps
- Multinational Corps North-East
- Air Force Command
- Multinational Command Operational Leadership
Since until the First World War in peacetime military formations above the corps level ( army , army group ) were not known and the corps were led directly by the military commander, the KG enjoyed an outstanding position in the military and state structure; Among other things, they were entitled to immediate law with the German Kaiser , not least because they were supposed to act as 'ambassadors' of the military within society. Commanding generals were usually the rank of general of infantry and cavalry or artillery .
In Switzerland the military leader of a corps is called a corps commander .
In other countries
In the US armed forces , generals who lead a large formation or command are called commanding general . In the British Army , the corresponding designation is General Officer Commanding , in higher command authorities from Army General Officer Commanding-in-Chief . The post designation is independent of this and is Commander in Chief , Commander in Chief , Commanding General or Commander .
There was and is no comparable term for such a post in the French armed forces. The comparative "Chef de corps" is only the general name for the commander of any troop body.