Famous Italian Military Leaders

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 1 
Giuseppe Garibaldi
(Revolutionary)

Giuseppe Garibaldi
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Birthdate: July 4, 1807
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: June 2, 1882

Italian general, patriot, and republican Giuseppe Garibaldi is remembered for the role he played in the Italian unification and the creation of the Kingdom of Italy. He is considered one of Italy's "fathers of the fatherland." A highly proficient military general, he also led the Expedition of the Thousand on behalf of Victor Emmanuel II. He died in 1882.

 2 
Germanicus
(Roman General)

Germanicus
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Birthdate: May 24, 0015
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: October 10, 0019
Germanicus Julius Caesar, son of Nero Claudius and Antonia the Younger, was a Roman general. He was known for his chiseled physique and his military prowess. He took over the provinces of Cappadocia and Commagene, and also proceeded to fight against the governor of Syria, before he died of poisoning.

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Gaius Cassius Longinus
(Roman General)

Gaius Cassius Longinus
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Birthdate: October 3, 0085
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: October 3, 0042
The last of the Romans, Gaius Cassius Longinus was the main conspirator in the plot to assassinate Julius Caesar. When Brutus was made the praetor urbanus by Caesar, Cassius was angered and thus plotted revenge. Following the murder, he left for Syria, but committed suicide after losing to Mark Antony.
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 4 

Piero the Unfortunate
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Birthdate: February 15, 1472
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: December 28, 1503

 5 
Pontius Pilatus
(Official)

Pontius Pilatus
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Abruzzo, Italy
Died: 0039 AD

 6 
Georg von Trapp
(Naval officer)

Georg von Trapp
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Birthdate: April 4, 1880
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zadar, Croatia
Died: May 30, 1947

Georg von Trapp, or Captain von Trapp, was an Austrian naval officer who led the Trapp Family Singers, the family that inspired the play and the film The Sound of Music. An able military man, he had also been part of World War II and was knighted by the Austrian government.

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Flavius Aëtius
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Birthdate: 0391 AD
Birthplace: Silistra
Died: September 21, 0454
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 8 
Gannicus
(Leader)

Gannicus
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0071 AD

 9 
Pietro Badoglio
(Former Minister of Italian Africa)

Pietro Badoglio
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Birthdate: September 28, 1871
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grazzano Badoglio, Italy
Died: November 1, 1956

Initially an artillery officer, Pietro Badoglio served as a general during the two World Wars. He eventually signed an armistice with the Allies to withdraw Italian forces from World War II. He eventually served as the prime minister of Italy and was also the 1st Duke of Addis Abeba.

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Publius Quinctilius Varus
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Birthdate: 0046 BC
Birthplace: Cremona
Died: 0009 AD

Roman general Publius Quinctilius Varus had also been made the governor of Africa. Working under Roman emperor Augustus, he lost three Roman legions to the Germanic tribes of Arminius in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest and eventually committed suicide by falling upon his sword.

 11 
Rodolfo Graziani
(Military officer)

Rodolfo Graziani
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Birthdate: August 11, 1882
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Filettino, Italy
Died: January 11, 1955

Prince Henry of Battenberg
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Birthdate: October 5, 1858
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: January 20, 1896

Prince Henry of Battenberg was a morganatic descendant of the Grand Ducal House of Hesse. He was the son of Prince Alexander of Hesse and by the Rhine, and his wife, Countess Julia von Hauke. He married Queen Victoria's youngest child, Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, and became a member of the British Royal Family. 

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Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen
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Birthdate: September 5, 1771
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: April 30, 1847

Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen, son of Emperor Leopold II, was a major force behind strengthening the Austrian army in early 19th century. He is remembered for his exploits in the French Revolutionary Wars. Though initially successful in the Napoleonic Wars, he was defeated in the Battle of Wagram.

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Giovanni Giustiniani
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Birthdate: 1418 AD
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: June 1, 1453

 15 
Matilda of Tuscany
(Countess of Tuscany)

Matilda of Tuscany
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Birthdate: 1046 AD
Birthplace: Lucca, Italy
Died: July 24, 1115

 16 
Eugène de Beauharnais
(Viceroy of Italy)

Eugène de Beauharnais
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Birthdate: September 3, 1781
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 21, 1824

 17 
Luigi Cadorna
(General)

Luigi Cadorna
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Birthdate: September 4, 1850
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Verbania, Italy
Died: December 21, 1928

 18 
Italo Balbo
(politician, military personnel)

Italo Balbo
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Birthdate: June 6, 1896
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ferrara
Died: June 28, 1940

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Francesco I Sforza
(Military leader)

Francesco I Sforza
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Birthdate: July 23, 1401
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Miniato, Italy
Died: March 8, 1466

 20 
Ricimer
(General)

Ricimer
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Birthdate: 0405 AD
Died: August 18, 0472

 21 
Quintus Sertorius
(Former Statesman known for Rebellion in Spain against the Roman Senate)

Quintus Sertorius
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Birthdate: 0126 BC
Birthplace: Norcia, Italy
Died: 0073 BC

Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta
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Birthdate: March 9, 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: January 29, 1948

 23 
Narses
(General)

Narses
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Birthdate: 0478 AD
Birthplace: Armenia
Died: 0573 AD

Prince Amedeo, Duke of Aosta
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Birthdate: October 21, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: March 3, 1942

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Ugolino della Gherardesca
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Birthdate: 1220 AD
Birthplace: Pisa, Italy
Died: February 29, 1289

 26 
Totila
(Military leader)

Totila
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Birthdate: 0516 AD
Birthplace: Treviso
Died: July 1, 0552

 27 
Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
(Military personnel, Noblemen)

Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
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Birthdate: November 10, 1870
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gries-San Quirino, Bolzano, Italy
Died: November 11, 1949

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Prince Xavier of Bourbon-Parma
(Military personnel)

Prince Xavier of Bourbon-Parma
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Birthdate: May 25, 1889
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lucca, Italy
Died: May 7, 1977

Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy
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Birthdate: July 8, 1528
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chambéry, France
Died: August 30, 1580

 30 
Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte II
(Military personnel)

Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte II
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Birthdate: November 5, 1830
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: September 3, 1893

Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus
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Birthdate: 0229 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0160 AD

 32 
Armando Diaz
(General)

Armando Diaz
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Birthdate: December 5, 1861
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: February 28, 1928

 33 
Bartolomeo Colleoni
(Condottiere)

Bartolomeo Colleoni
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Birthdate: 1400 AD
Birthplace: Solza, Italy
Died: November 2, 1475

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Raimondo Montecuccoli
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Birthdate: February 21, 1609
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pavullo Nel Frignano, Italy
Died: October 16, 1680

Seventeenth-century soldier Raimondo Montecuccoli, who served the Habsburg Monarchy, is remembered for redefining the art of warfare with his techniques of fortification and siege. He made a significant contribution to the Thirty Years’ War and penned Dell’arte militare, or The Military Art, which remains his most important work.

 35 
Francesco Morosini
(Politician)

Francesco Morosini
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Birthdate: February 26, 1619
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: January 16, 1694

Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta
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Birthdate: June 19, 1417
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brescia, Italy
Died: October 7, 1468

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Thomas Francis, Prince of Carignano
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Birthdate: December 21, 1596
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: January 22, 1656

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Andrea Gritti
(Military personnel)

Andrea Gritti
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Birthdate: April 17, 1455
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bardolino, Italy
Died: December 28, 1538

Farinata degli Uberti
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Birthdate: 1212 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: November 11, 1264

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Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Castro
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Birthdate: May 28, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Podzamcze, Poland
Died: March 20, 2008

 41 
Bohemond II
(prince of Antioch)

Bohemond II
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Birthdate: 1107 AD
Birthplace: Bari, Italy
Died: January 31, 1130

Ambrogio Spinola, 1st Marquess of Los Balbases
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Birthdate: 1569 AD
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: September 25, 1630

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Oreste Baratieri
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Birthdate: November 13, 1841
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Condino, Italy
Died: April 8, 1901

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Giorgio Basta
(Former author of books on the art of military leadership)

Giorgio Basta
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Birthdate: 1550 AD
Birthplace: Roccaforzata, Italy
Died: 1607 AD

 45 
Gaius Flaminius
(Politician)

Gaius Flaminius
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Birthdate: 0275 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: June 24, 0217

Quintus Caecilius Metellus Pius
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Birthdate: 0129 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0063 AD

Alessandro Pirzio Biroli
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Birthdate: July 23, 1877
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bologna, Kingdom of Italy
Died: May 20, 1962

 48 
Ruggiero di Lauria
(Navy Admiral)

Ruggiero di Lauria
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Birthdate: January 17, 1245
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lauria, Italy
Died: January 17, 1305

Alfonso Ferrero La Marmora
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Birthdate: November 18, 1804
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: January 5, 1878

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Castruccio Castracani
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Birthdate: 1281 AD
Birthplace: Lucca, Italy
Died: September 3, 1328