Salah ad-Din, Yusuf ibn Ayyub
Alexander the Great
Sir Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington
Akbar the Great
Patton has been lionised and trumpeted, especially in Hollywood, because he was loud and proud, and that makes for a good story. But the statistics don't show he was anything more than an above average general operating in a war that made legends. At every turn, he was important, but not instrumental; decent, but not brilliant; successful, but not wildly. He didn't win the war in North Africa -- that was Montgomery. He didn't win the war on the Eastern Front -- that was Zhukov. He didn't win the war on the Western Front -- that was Eisenhower. He didn't take Paris -- that was de Gaulle. He didn't take Berlin -- Chuikov and Zhukov. He didn't sweep the Japanese out of Manchuria -- that was Vasilevsky. He didn't go island hopping all the way to the doors of Japan -- that was MacArthur.
I respect Patton immensely, as I respect any general who was successful, especially in such a war as the Second World War. But I can't abide the hero-worship that some people have for Patton, seemingly just because of an inaccurate Hollywood movie.
In deference to my forebears, I think Arthur Wellesley, First Duke of Wellington should also be on the list. He kicked Napoleon's ass twice.
Lee was a good general in the military sense of the word, but he made the poor decision to invade Pennsylvania rather than reinforce Vicksburg, and then compounded that decision with Pickett's Charge.
Genghis because he literally took a loosely knit band of nomads and turned them into the greatest army that ever lived.
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