Ranks? - Page 2




 
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September 26th, 2004  
godofthunder9010
 
 
Guess I'll have to be a traitor and use someone else's insignia then. BTW, what insignia did they use for Mac?
September 26th, 2004  
Delta210
 
Not really sure. I remember reading about him being a Field Marshal in American Caesar, but as to what insignia he used while there, I have no idea.

Edit: I found this site http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-.../macarthur.htm that lists his awards. Down the page, under Foreign Awards: Field Marshal Philippine Army
September 26th, 2004  
godofthunder9010
 
 
Is the 5 star thing the Field Marshall insigia? I've never been in the military so I'm afraid I don't know how to read that thing unless its on his shoulder.
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September 26th, 2004  
Delta210
 
No, the 5 stars are the rank insignia of General of the Army, which is a wartime rank. The last living General of the Army, Omar Bradley, died in 1981.
September 26th, 2004  
godofthunder9010
 
 
So which item on there is the insigia for Field Marshall? Or perhaps its not on there.
September 26th, 2004  
Delta210
 
No, it isn't there. Perhaps a google search for Philippines military ranks will come up with the insignia for field marshal.
September 26th, 2004  
Redleg
 
 
You can find the different US ranks here:
http://www.military-quotes.com/military-rank.htm
December 21st, 2004  
Charge 7
 
 
Do you know why they decided on General of the Army and not Field Marshal? Do you know why they decided to add the rank to begin with?

The reason there was never a US Field Marschal is because General George Marshall who was chief of staff at the time didn't want to be Field Marshall Marshall.

The reason they added the rank was because there were Field Marshals in the British military commanded by a US General (Eisenhower) and it was felt unseemly that someone who held a lesser rank should command them. 5 star is the US equivelent of Field Marshal.

Going even further back, it wasn't until the Civil War that there were even full generals in the US military. Grant being the first. This goes back to the founding days of the country when Field Marshals, and Admirals were looked upon with disdain as tokens of aristocracy the founding fathers wanted no part of.
December 21st, 2004  
DTop
 
 
This might be off topic but just FYI,
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The American military adapted most of its rank insignia from the British. Before the Revolutionary War, Americans drilled with militia outfits based on the British tradition. Sailors followed the example of the most successful navy of the time -- the Royal Navy.

So, the Continental Army had privates, sergeants, lieutenants, captains, colonels, generals, and several now-obsolete ranks like coronet, subaltern and ensign. One thing the Army didn't have was enough money to buy uniforms.

To solve this, Gen. George Washington wrote, "As the Continental Army has unfortunately no uniforms, and consequently many inconveniences must arise from not being able to distinguish the commissioned officers from the privates, it is desired that some badge of distinction be immediately provided; for instance that the field officers may have red or pink colored cockades in their hats, the captains yellow or buff, and the subalterns green."

Even during the war, rank insignia evolved. In 1780, regulations prescribed two stars for major generals and one star for brigadiers worn on shoulder boards, or epaulettes.
http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joint...ankhistory.htm