Commanding general

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Corps of the Bundeswehr, here a KG stand

Commanding general (in abbreviations KG ) is the name of a service position in the army and the air force for a military leader who leads a large formation from the corps level upwards.

armed forces

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:

German Empire

Army corps of the Wehrmacht, here a KG stand

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.

See also

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Henning Roet de Rouet: Frankfurt am Main as a Prussian garrison. From 1866 to 1914. Societäts Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2016, ISBN 978-395542-227-1 , p. 178.