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French commander of World War 1 known for his aggressive and reckless attacks in the battles of the Marne, Artois and Flanders campaigns. Promoted to become Allied supreme commander on the Western front in 1918, he proved instrumental in stopping the German Spring offensives at the 2nd Battle of the Marne. He went on to command the Allies in their final offensives that eventually won the war against the Central Powers.
German commander of WW1 who rose to power after teaming up with Commander of 8th army in East Prussia to destroy the Russian 1st army at the Battle of Tannenberg. He went on to become a national hero in the eyes of many Germans and he orchestrated the initially successful German Spring offensives in 1918. However, the German armies Morale plummeted after they were defeated at the 2nd battle of the Marne and the German armies were forced into retreat. Losing his grip on reality, he was removed from command in the last month of the war.
First commander of the French army in World War 1, he led the French army for the first two and a half years of the war before being removed from his post after the disappointing battle of the Somme. He is known for his casual sackings of so many Generals in the first few months of the war, acts that greatly angered the French government.
Famous British commander of the First World war, he led a corps and later a corps in the first year of the war. He went on to become the commander of the British expeditionary force in late 1915 and it was him who ordered the attacks on the Somme, the first day of which was the bloodiest day in British history. His proudest moment came however during the German attacks in 1918 when he managed to keep the British army intact and safe from collapse.
Commander of the American Expeditionary force in World War 1. He led them in the first major American attacks of the war, the battle of St Mihiel and the Meusse Argonne offensive. In the latter her was severely criticized by his tactics of sending his troops in costly frontal attacks that other allied commanders had learned to avoid. Nicknamed Black Jack by his troops, this peron went on to achieve the rank of General of the Armies in the US armed forces.
German Minister of war for the first part of the war, this German general became the second chief of staff and commanded the German army in the costly offensive at Verdun In 1916. Due to his failue there, the bringing of Romania into the war and the Brusilov and Somme offesnives hammering the Central powers army, he was removed and made an army commander on the Romanian front.
Erich von Falkenhayn
Commander of the Austro-Hungarian armies from 1914 til 1917, he never achieved a great tactical victory without the help of his allies and was dismissed in march 1917 due to the failure of the Trentino offensive on the Italian front. He commanded a corps against the Italians until the Summer of 1918 when he retired from military service.
Conrad von Hötzendorf
Most successful and Famous Ottoman Field Marshall of the war, he led the Ottoman forces defending the Gallipoli peninsular. The defence of this tiny place so close to Constantinople brought him great fame in the Ottoman Empire. He went on to command armies in both the Palestine and Mesopotamia campaigns. He was a founding memeber of the Republic of Turkey and went on to become a great political figure of the 20th Century.
Kemal Pasha Atatürk.
Famous German general in command of the Schutztruppe (German colonial troops) in East Africa. His Guerrilla activities tied down large amounts of the Allies resources and men, thus helping the German army on the Western front. His army remained the only threat to the allies in Africa after 1915. He was driven from East africa in 1916 but continued to fight in British land. He surrendered his army in 1918 after the armistance.
Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck
British commander nicknamed the Bull, he led the Anglo-Egyptian army to great success in the Palestine campign in the the Middle East.
Italian commander in World War 1 famous for his grand victory over the Austrians at the battle of Vittorio Veneto which became the final battle on the Italian front as the Austro-Hungarian Military collapsed a few days after the battle. He is known for being one of only a few Italian Commanders in WW1 to be a successful commander in battle.
German Field Marshall of the First world war who came into fame after he and his deputy defeated the Russians in th Battle of Tannenberg, one of the most spectacular victories of the war. In 1916, he and his deputy basically ruled a military dictatorship over Germany where they improved conditions for the people and tried to raise moral for the German army. In 1918 after the collapse of the German army he retired from Military service a national hero.
Paul Von Hindenburg
Famous Russian General who is believed to be the only Russian commander capable of winning major battles. His finest achievement was the Brusilov offensive of 1916 in which he used new tactics that were later adopted by the German army for their spring offensives. The Brusilov offensive was such a great victory for the allies that it led to the Romanians joining the war on the Allied side.
Commander of the British Expeditionary force in the first year of the war, he led them in many costly engagements such as the Battle of Loos and 1st/2nd Ypres. His failure to achieve a breakthrough at the former and his fiery disputes with the French army command led to him being dismissed in December of 1915.
German commander famoues for his blundering in the first two months of the war as commander in chief of the German Army, a position he held only due to him being the nephew of the chief of staff who led the Prussian army in the Franco-Prussian war.