Venetian Military Hierarchy

Venetian military hierarchy explains the ranks of Venetian military in a specified ladder on the basis of authority provided to each rank. Venetian was referred as the Republic of Venice (Repùblica de Venesia), a state that was originated from modern day city of Venice in Italy. The Republic of Venice existed from beginning of 7th century until the end of 1797 for over a millennium and was known as the Most Serene Republic of Venice majorly due to its economical supremacy over military.

Venetian military consisted of four Corps, Corps consisted of Five Divisions, further Divisions consisted of five Regiments, Regiments consisted of two Battalions, Battalion consisted of five companies, Companies in further incorporated four Platoons and Platoon consisted of five Squads and a Squad consisted of ten soldiers.

Below here in this article, we are explaining the Venetian military hierarchy in three different categories of military officers used at that time. These categories got further sub divided into sub categories which are also mentioned in a pattern starting from the top most rank and going towards the lowest rank. Let us take a look at the Venetian military hierarchy as below:

Venetian Military Hierarchy

Venetian Military Hierarchy

Commissioned Officer Rank Category

The highest authority holder category and further sub categorized into 14 sub categories:

  • Marshall of the Army – Signified as S – 23
  • Rose General – Signified as S – 22
  • General of the North – Signified as S – 21
  • Major General – Signified as S – 20
  • Lieutenant General – Signified as S – 19
  • General – Signified as S – 18
  • Major- Signified as S – 17
  • Lieutenant Colonel – Signified as S – 16
  • Colonel – Signified as S – 15
  • Lieutenant Commander – Signified as S – 14
  • Commander – Signified as S – 13
  • Captain – Signified as S – 12
  • First Lieutenant – Signified as S – 11
  • Second Lieutenant – Signified as S – 10

Warrant Officer Rank Category 

The officers designated by a warrant from the Venetian Government and sub categorized as below:

  • Chief Warrant Officer of the Army – Signified as C – 4
  • Warrant Officer 1st Class – Signified as C – 3
  • Warrant Officer 2nd Class – Signified as C – 2
  • Warrant Officer 3rd Class – Signified as C – 1

Enlisted Officer Rank Category 

Basically referred as Non – Commissioned officers. The lowest category among all three categories. Sub divided as below:

  • Master Sergeant of the Army – Signified as L – 9
  • Sergeant First Class – Signified as L – 9
  • Gunnery Sergeant – Signified as L – 8
  • Lance Corporal – Signified as L – 7
  • Specialist – Signified as L – 6
  • Corporal – Signified as L – 5
  • Sergeant Second Class – Signified as L – 4
  • Private First Class – Signified as L – 3
  • Private – Signified as L – 2
  • Cadet – Signified as L – 1

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