View Poll Results: Who Was the Greatest Military Leader in History?

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  • Napoleon Bonaparte

    2 6.90%
  • Georgy Zhukov

    1 3.45%
  • Sir Arthur Wellesly (Duke of Wellington)

    1 3.45%
  • Alexander the Great

    13 44.83%
  • Ghenghis Khan

    8 27.59%
  • Alexander Suvorov

    1 3.45%
  • Julius Caesar

    1 3.45%
  • Helmuth von Moltke

    0 0%
  • Oliver Cromwell

    0 0%
  • Charlemagne

    2 6.90%
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Thread: The Greatest General in History

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    Re: The Greatest General in History

    Alexander the Great
    2. Hannibal
    3. Washington
    4. William the Conqueror
    5. Attila the Hun
    6. Zhukov
    7. MacArthur
    8. Eisenhower
    9. Napoleon
    10.Caesar

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    Re: The Greatest General in History

    Quote Originally Posted by Obamanator View Post
    Alexander the Great
    2. Hannibal
    3. Washington
    4. William the Conqueror
    5. Attila the Hun
    6. Zhukov
    7. MacArthur
    8. Eisenhower
    9. Napoleon
    10.Caesar
    I must say, I don't understand your choice for Washington as the third greatest general in history.

    He lost nearly every battle he fought with the British, started the North American phase of the Seven Years' War because he was so uneducated he didn't speak French, and his greatest victories were when he slaughtered two camps of sleeping men on Christmas Eve when they were drunk.

    Whatever kind of statesman he was, his military abilities do NOT impress.

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    Re: The Greatest General in History

    Quote Originally Posted by Le Marteau View Post
    I must say, I don't understand your choice for Washington as the third greatest general in history.

    He lost nearly every battle he fought with the British, started the North American phase of the Seven Years' War because he was so uneducated he didn't speak French, and his greatest victories were when he slaughtered two camps of sleeping men on Christmas Eve when they were drunk.

    Whatever kind of statesman he was, his military abilities do NOT impress.
    Thats exactly the reason... determination and perseverance in spite of his losses, lack of training and limited military skills. He was able to keep going in spite of everything. Remember Valley Forge. The end result was quite remarkable. I admit a bias and if i lived in europe or elsewhere... he probably wouldn't have made the list.

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    Re: The Greatest General in History

    Quote Originally Posted by Obamanator View Post
    Thats exactly the reason... determination and perseverance in spite of his losses, lack of training and limited military skills. He was able to keep going in spite of everything. Remember Valley Forge. The end result was quite remarkable. I admit a bias and if i lived in europe or elsewhere... he probably wouldn't have made the list.
    Fair enough, I can respect that reasoning, even if I don't agree with it. But where are you from?

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    Re: The Greatest General in History

    Napoleon, since he defined an antire century of combat tactics.
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    Re: The Greatest General in History

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Napoleon, since he defined an antire century of combat tactics.
    and they certainly worked out well for him

    thanks for the laugh
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    Re: The Greatest General in History

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    and they certainly worked out well for him

    thanks for the laugh
    Actually I agree some what with apdst.. and now i need a 20 hour bath for saying that.

    Napoleon may have lost in the end, but he lost to the combined forces of many nations. But he did define the military tactics of the next century pretty much and he did pull off some impressive wins. Had it not been for the harsh Russian winter, then Russia today would speak French.
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    Re: The Greatest General in History

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    and they certainly worked out well for him

    thanks for the laugh
    After you stop laughing, you can educate yourself.

    Napoleonic tactics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Influence Of Napoleon On Civil War Tactics And Strategy

    Paddy Griffith is one of my favorite military authors. You should enjoy his work.

    Amazon.com: French Napoleonic Infantry Tactics 1792-1815 (Elite) (9781846032783): Paddy Griffith, Peter Dennis: Books
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    Re: The Greatest General in History

    Quote Originally Posted by Le Marteau View Post
    Fair enough, I can respect that reasoning, even if I don't agree with it. But where are you from?
    Thought it was obvious... US. Born in midwest and educated on west coast.

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    Re: The Greatest General in History

    Quote Originally Posted by Obamanator View Post
    Thought it was obvious... US. Born in midwest and educated on west coast.
    The US bit was indeed obvious -- but just as someone from London is not the same as someone from Manchester, someone from New York is not the same as someone from Chicago.

    In the UK, though, the term 'educated' means strictly higher education -- that is, university. When you say educated on the west coast, do you mean you went to uni there, or that you grew up there?

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