From the ranks
Over a drop of the amber nectar Mr Free Market and I couldn't remember, or rather disagreed over several things:
Did Tommy Franks rise from the ranks?
Who was the UK General in the First World War who rose from the ranks - dispelling the idea that Edwardian Britain wasn't a meritocracy?
Did Slim hold every rank in the Army?
I could Google them but this late at night I will leave it open...