List of Commanders of the Turkish Land Forces

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This list includes Commanders of the Turkish Land Forces (Turkish: Türk Kara Kuvvetleri Komutanlığı), who were, in their time of service, nominal heads of the Turkish Army.

# Commander Picture Took office Left office
1 General Mehmet Nuri Yamut 1 July 1949 5 June 1950
2 General Kurtcebe Noyan Kurtcebe Noyan.jpg 6 June 1950 7 May 1951
3 General Şükrü Kanatlı 28 December 1951 15 January 1954
4 General Ahmet Nurettin Baransel 6 April 1954 28 May 1954
5 General Abdülkadir Seven 10 July 1954 25 April 1955
6 General İsmail Hakkı Tunaboylu 13 September 1955 6 June 1956
7 General Ahmet Nurettin Aknoz 25 June 1956 16 September 1957
8 General İbrahim Necati Tacan 30 November 1957 28 July 1958
9 General Mustafa Rüştü Erdelhun 1 August 1958 21 August 1958
10 General Cemal Gürsel Portrait of Cemal Gürsel.JPG 21 August 1958 2 June 1960
11 General Cevdet Sunay Cevdet Sunay.png 3 June 1960 2 August 1960
12 General Mehmet Muzaffer Alankuş 4 August 1960 6 January 1961
13 Lieutenant general Celal Alkoç 6 March 1961 26 June 1961
14 General Muhittin Önür 31 August 1961 23 February 1962
15 General Mehmet Ali Keskiner 23 February 1962 28 August 1964
16 General Cemal Tural 28 August 1964 15 March 1966
17 General Ahmet Refik Yılmaz 21 March 1966 23 August 1968
18 General Memduh Tağmaç 23 August 1968 16 March 1969
19 General Fikret Esen 18 March 1969 28 August 1969
20 General Nazmi Karakoç 28 August 1969 28 August 1970
21 General Faruk Gürler 28 August 1970 28 August 1972
22 General Semih Sancar 28 August 1972 7 March 1973
23 General Eşref Akıncı 7 March 1973 1 April 1976
24 General Namık Kemal Ersun 29 March 1976 1 June 1977
25 General Semih Sancar 1 June 1977 4 September 1977
26 General Kenan Evren The Seventh President of Turkey Kenan Evren taken from The Presidency of the Republic of Turkey web site.jpg 5 September 1977 6 March 1978
27 General Nurettin Ersin 9 March 1978 1 December 1983
28 General Necdet Üruğ 1 July 1983 6 December 1983
29 General Ali Haydar Saltık 6 December 1983 12 August 1985
30 General Necdet Öztorun 12 August 1985 2 July 1987
31 General Necip Torumtay 2 July 1987 24 July 1987
32 General Kemal Yamak 24 July 1987 23 August 1989
33 General Doğan Güreş 23 August 1989 6 December 1990
34 General Muhittin Fisunoğlu 1 January 1991 30 August 1993
35 General İsmail Hakkı Karadayı 30 August 1993 30 August 1994
36 General Mehmet Hikmet Bayar 30 August 1994 27 August 1996
37 General Hikmet Köksal 27 August 1996 28 August 1997
38 General Hüseyin Kıvrıkoğlu 28 August 1997 27 August 1998
39 General Atilla Ateş 27 August 1998 25 August 2000
40 General Hilmi Özkök 27 August 2000 29 August 2002
41 General Aytaç Yalman 27 August 2002 29 August 2004
42 General Yaşar Büyükanıt Yaşar Büyükanıt cropped.jpg 29 August 2004 25 August 2006
43 General İlker Başbuğ Ilker Basbug.jpg 25 August 2006 27 August 2008
44 General Işık Koşaner 27 August 2008 27 August 2010
45 General Erdal Ceylanoğlu 27 August 2010 29 July 2011
46 General Necdet Özel Necdet Özel cropped.jpg 29 July 2011 4 August 2011
47 General Hayri Kıvrıkoğlu 4 August 2011 23 August 2013
48 General Hulusi Akar 23 August 2013 Incumbent

Sources[edit]

  • Harp Akademileri Komutanlığı, Harp Akademilerinin 120 Yılı, İstanbul, 1968. (Turkish)

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