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Old November 14th, 2012, 04:59 PM   #151
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Erwin Rommel, the fact that he respected even the corpses of his enemies.
Gotta give more proof than that bro.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 05:00 PM   #152
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Old November 14th, 2012, 06:04 PM   #153

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Gotta give more proof than that bro.
I read that he ordered his men to give the corpses of British soldiers they had killed a respectable funeral with a descent funeral and a prayer. He was forced to commit suicide by Hitler because he was assumed to be disloyal to the reich.
You just don't get that these days.

He was just a great general doing what he was ordered to do and nothing more, he took no pleasure in slain enemies. Had he been American he would be as famous as Patton.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 06:15 PM   #154

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Why exactly is a general who never won outside of favorable defensive terrain in Northern Virginia on that list? Lee failed in every strategic offensive he undertook, in West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
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My way of ranking generals, in all honesty, is through tiers. In text order, they are listed chronologically.

Tier 1; Alexander the Great, Hannibal Barca, Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, Duke of Marlborough, and Napoleon Bonaparte.

Tier 2: Cyrus the Great, Scipio Africanus, Belisarius, Heraclius, Subutai, Tamerlane, Gustavus Adolphus, Eugene of Savoy, Nader Shah, Frederick the Great, Duke of Wellington, and Ulysses S. Grant

This is just a beginning list, I'm sure I could think up of a lot more later.
Interesting, what defines a tier? I think I agree with most of your tier 1, it even makes me think of Genghis Khan in a different light.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 06:27 PM   #156
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I read that he ordered his men to give the corpses of British soldiers they had killed a respectable funeral with a descent funeral and a prayer. He was forced to commit suicide by Hitler because he was assumed to be disloyal to the reich.
You just don't get that these days.

He was just a great general doing what he was ordered to do and nothing more, he took no pleasure in slain enemies. Had he been American he would be as famous as Patton.
Good examples, now I respect him as a decent MAN. (I do think that Rommel was by far the greatest of generals in WWII) But what are your reasons why he is the best military commander, in order to be the best you need to do a lot more than respect the enemy dead.
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Why exactly is a general who never won outside of favorable defensive terrain in Northern Virginia on that list? Lee failed in every strategic offensive he undertook, in West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
Agreed. As good as Robert E Lee was, he didn't know how to properly get himself out of a defensive campaign.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 06:32 PM   #158
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Gotta put more than just Caesar: I don't know if you mean Gaius Julius Caesar, Imperator Octavius Caesar Divi F. Augustus, Tiberius Julius Caesar Augustus, Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, etc.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 06:54 PM   #159

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Gotta put more than just Caesar: I don't know if you mean Gaius Julius Caesar, Imperator Octavius Caesar Divi F. Augustus, Tiberius Julius Caesar Augustus, Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, etc.
Germanicus Julius Ceaser is a good, but often overlooked general. Agrippa is a better and very overlooked general.
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Good examples, now I respect him as a decent MAN. (I do think that Rommel was by far the greatest of generals in WWII) But what are your reasons why he is the best military commander, in order to be the best you need to do a lot more than respect the enemy dead.
To be honest with you I submitted his name for his humanity rather than his competence. I gather that is not what matters in this thread.
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