Field marshal

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Field marshal is a very senior military rank, ordinarily senior to the general officer ranks. Usually it is the highest rank in an army. Promotion to the rank of field marshal in many countries historically required extraordinary military achievement by a general (a wartime victory). The traditional attribute distinguishing a field marshal is a baton. There are various exceptions to these characteristics.

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