There have been a fairly large number of field marshals in the world.
Egypt has had many field marshals from the time it was a kingdom to when it became a republic.
The United Kingdom probably has had the highest number of field marshals.
The only other three Field Marshals in the region, - Ayub Khan (1907-1974) of Pakistan in 1965 and India's duo Sam Manekshaw (1914-2008) appointed on 1 January 1973 and K.
Colombo, March 20 -- Yesterday, Former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka, who has been earlier virtually drummed out of the Army, has been yesterday promoted to the rank of Field Marshal by President Maithripala Sirisena.
The four-star General Sarath Fonseka (1970-2009) will become Sri Lanka's first Field Marshal with the decision to promote him to the rank with effect from 22 March 2015.