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View Poll Results: Who has contributed most to military tactics and strategy? (multi choice)
Alexander The Great 21 29.58%
Hannibal Barca 21 29.58%
Julius Caesar 11 15.49%
Cyrus The Great 3 4.23%
Genghis Khan 14 19.72%
Subutai 4 5.63%
Napoleon Bonaparte 36 50.70%
Charlemagne 3 4.23%
Alexander Surorov 7 9.86%
Saladin 5 7.04%
Stonewall Jackson 1 1.41%
Yi Sun-Sin 8 11.27%
John Churchill 4 5.63%
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Old October 24th, 2012, 02:45 PM   #1
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Which single person has contributed the most to military tactics and strategy?

Who do you think has contributed the most to the development of the military strategy and tactics we use today?
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Old October 24th, 2012, 03:38 PM   #2

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Amidst these ones you listed I would say Alexander, but I do not know some of these names.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 03:40 PM   #3

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Those that invent the new weapons
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Old October 24th, 2012, 03:49 PM   #5

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I still think it was Grog who came up with a plan to take the water hole from Thag and his bunch.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 04:10 PM   #6

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Tactics: Alexander the Great and Hannibal Barca.

Strategy: Julius Caesar and Napoleon Bonaparte (Hannibal could be in here for maneuver strategy as well).
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Old October 24th, 2012, 04:31 PM   #7
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Napoleon, no question
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Old October 24th, 2012, 04:35 PM   #8

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Of those on the list, I'd say Napoleon. Realistically, there's a lot we don't know about the particular details of the battles fought by Classical and Mongol generals.

But I agree with the conclusion that the people that invent the weapons - and write the rules - have the most influence. Picking just one is pretty well impossible.
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No Clausewitz, Sun Tzu or Mahan?
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What about the guy who invented Krigsspiel or Chaturanga (ancestor to Chess) that were set-piece military tactics and strategic games ? The developers of those contributed a lot more to the 'orthodox' theories on strategy and tactics IMO that most military commanders have learnt/followed as default, with only a select few innovators adding to the result.
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