WorldViews: From Field Marshals Montgomery to Sissi, a history of the military’s most misleading rank

By Max Fisher, January 27, 2014

Three years and two days after the start of the Egyptian revolution, Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sissi had two major breaks in his burgeoning career as Egypt's de facto military ruler. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which runs the military, voted unanimously to endorse Sissi for the presidency. And interim President Adly Mansour promoted Sissi, until now a general, to the rank of field marshal.

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