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Old May 29th, 2013, 04:17 AM   #51

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Ah yes

General Sir Redvers Henry Buller VC GCB GCMG

Not one of our best generals by any stretch of the imagination, but i do have a bit of a soft spot for him. (no, not Bodmin moor)

His VC citation reads:
For his gallant conduct at the retreat at Inhlobana, on the 28th March, 1879, in having assisted, whilst hotly pursued by Zulus, in rescuing Captain C. D'Arcy, of the Frontier Light Horse, who was retiring on foot, and carrying him on his horse until he overtook the rear guard. Also for having on the same date and under the same circumstances, conveyed Lieutenant C. Everitt, of the Frontier Light Horse, whose horse had been killed under him, to a place of safely. Later on, Colonel Buller, in the same manner, saved a trooper of the Frontier Light Horse, whose horse was completely exhausted, and who otherwise would have been killed by the Zulus, who were within 80 yards of him.[

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Was it not his idea to launch frontal assaults against entrenched Boer positions?
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Old May 29th, 2013, 05:32 AM   #52

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Fremont, Polk, Pillow, Halleck, Buell, Miles, and Pemberton (American Civil War)
While I agree with most of your list, I wonder why you include Buell, Miles, and Pemberton.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 07:10 AM   #53

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Was it not his idea to launch frontal assaults against entrenched Boer positions?

He wasn't a competent general when it came to fighting the boers, but his personal bravery coud not be doubted, and he was loved by his men. He had alot of faults in his tactics, that caused alot of deaths, though Roberts kept him in the frontline and eventually he did secure a major success aggainst the boers near the end of the war.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 09:29 AM   #54

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Charles the Bold: we can't ascribe the defeats of Grandson and Morat totally to him, but the battle of Nancy was nothing but a military suicide.
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Ah yes

General Sir Redvers Henry Buller VC GCB GCMG

Not one of our best generals by any stretch of the imagination, but i do have a bit of a soft spot for him. (no, not Bodmin moor)

His VC citation reads:
For his gallant conduct at the retreat at Inhlobana, on the 28th March, 1879, in having assisted, whilst hotly pursued by Zulus, in rescuing Captain C. D'Arcy, of the Frontier Light Horse, who was retiring on foot, and carrying him on his horse until he overtook the rear guard. Also for having on the same date and under the same circumstances, conveyed Lieutenant C. Everitt, of the Frontier Light Horse, whose horse had been killed under him, to a place of safely. Later on, Colonel Buller, in the same manner, saved a trooper of the Frontier Light Horse, whose horse was completely exhausted, and who otherwise would have been killed by the Zulus, who were within 80 yards of him.[

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Buller was a fine divisional commander - he did quite well during the Zulu War as a Colonel and was personally brave. He didn't fare very well in the Boer War, but did redeem himself somewhat. I mean, a man with the words "Red Bull" in his name can't be all that bad, surely...
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Enver Paşa. he let thousands of ottoman soldiers die in the cold of erzurum without adequate clothing or provisions (there are other idiotic things he did. like dragging the empire into a world war).
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George McClellan was pretty bad
He would of been perfect with a staff position
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Now this I didn't know about Varus, that's interesting. Still, he was was hilariously incompetent at Teutoberg. My impression of Burnside is that he was only successful when facing opponents who were of the same flat mediocrity as himself (though again, not completely incompetent). When facing someone like Lee, he was completely out of his depth.
No, he was just promoted too high. Too much responsibility at high-levels of command. He defeated Longstreet at Knoxville.
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