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Old July 6th, 2006, 10:17 PM   #1

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More succesfull military commander in history


To be in command is a really BIG responsibility, to have to achieve objectives, to own the lives of your man, to be as Bismarck say "The instrument for make politics in other means", to have the hopes of a nation in your hands, you must be resourcefull and cunning to adopt quick any situation in a battlefield.
So which in your oppinion was the Greates commander in history.

In my oppinion.
Alexander for his achievments, his strategical genius and the love for his man under his command.
Rommel for his ability, care for his men, although he fought a battle that he could not win due to lack of resources.
George Washington cause he managed to reverse a bad situation and win the best army of the world (in that time) English.
Lee becuase of him the civil war lasted five years.

And of course many more.
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Old July 7th, 2006, 06:04 AM   #2

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Certainly Washington and Lee were successful commanders in America's history, but I wouldn't go as far as saying they are some of the better commanders in the history of the world. They didn't fight on a global scale like so many others did. They also had the luxury of fighting on their homeland most of the time.

Rommel is a decent choice, but Patton beat him out of Africa. Patton studied war and always demanded the best out of his troops.
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Old July 7th, 2006, 07:43 AM   #3
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The answer to this question can be seen in my screen name. Genghis Khan was the best commander in history.

He nearly extended the Mongolian Empire from the Pacific Ocean to Europe.
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Old July 7th, 2006, 11:28 AM   #4
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Hannibal from Carthage would be my choice. He marched his was into Italy to conquer Rome. Granted he never made it to Rome, but he was able to stay in Italy for years before the Romans regrouped and attacked Carthage.

Hannibal also had the brains and firepower (read massive elephant warriors) to be a great commander.
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Old July 8th, 2006, 09:16 PM   #5

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easy answer


Alexander of Macedonia and every historian of any serious note knows this.
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Old July 9th, 2006, 11:57 AM   #6

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Napoleon I Bonaparte. Fought virtually every European power often at the same time. Was then Emperor of the French and King of Italy.
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Old December 25th, 2006, 07:50 PM   #7
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Korean Admiral Yi Sun Shin definately ranks as one of the best, though he is virtually unknown to Western Civilization.
During the Imjin Wars also known as the 7 Year War, 1592-1598, he single handedly lead his fleet against the Japanese fleet and won every single battle. He devastated the Japanese Navy and by cutting their overseas supply lines, saved both Korea and Ming China from Japan's ruler, Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Admiral Yi was the first naval commander to use Iron Clad ships which he built and designed, almost 300 years before the British and Americans started using them. He was wounded several times during his military service and was well known for disobeying superiors when he knew that their orders were a bad idea. He was constantly plotted against by his rivals and even imprisoned and tortured after his great victories because of his disobedience. During his final battle, which was the last naval battle of the war, he was mortally wounded and died, much like British Admiral Nelson would be during his final battle.
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A couple come to mind.

Zukov
Alexander
Ceaser
U.S. Grant
Eisenhower
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Rommel is a decent choice, but Patton beat him out of Africa. Patton studied war and always demanded the best out of his troops.
i dont know why people keep giving Patton the credit of defeating Rommel. It was Montgomery that whipped the desert fox and sent him packing hundreds of miles back to Tunisia. All Patton had to do was help mop up the remnants of the defeated afrika korps.

Montgomery would be my choice. He inspired his men, treated them with respect and managed to restore confidence back into the British Army after so many defeats early on.

'Before Alamein we hadn't a victory. After Alamein we hadn't a defeat'
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i dont know why people keep giving Patton the credit of defeating Rommel. It was Montgomery that whipped the desert fox and sent him packing hundreds of miles back to Tunisia. All Patton had to do was help mop up the remnants of the defeated afrika korps.

Montgomery would be my choice. He inspired his men, treated them with respect and managed to restore confidence back into the British Army after so many defeats early on.

'Before Alamein we hadn't a victory. After Alamein we hadn't a defeat'
Winston Churchill
Two words sum up my opinion about Monty. Market Garden.
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