Top 10 greatest Chinese military leaders

macon

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Aug 2015
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Slovenia, EU
His Northern Expeditions were a failure and they are his most well-known military endeavour.
He was also a mastermind behind taking of Jingzhou, conquest and formation of Shu in Sichuan and conquest of further south to Sichuan: conquest of Nanzhong. Zhou Yu's part was more important at Red Cliffs but while Zhuge Liang was in charge Shu were having a strategic initiative against Cao Wei although Northern expeditions ultimately failed.

Other interesting figure is Sima Yi of Cao Wei, who disposed Cao clan.

One general who stands out in that period was Cao Cao in my opinion.
 
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VHS

Ad Honorem
Dec 2015
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Florania
Should Qi Jiguang be on the list? Imagine Qi Jiguang in the early Tang Dynasty.
 

Maki

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
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Republika Srpska
He was also a mastermind behind taking of Jingzhou, conquest and formation of Shu in Sichuan and conquest of further south to Sichuan: conquest of Nanzhong. Zhou Yu's part was more important at Red Cliffs but while Zhuge Liang was in charge Shu were having a strategic initiative against Cao Wei although Northern expeditions ultimately failed.

Other interesting figure is Sima Yi of Cao Wei, who disposed Cao clan.

One general who stands out in that period was Cao Cao in my opinion.
Kongming had successes, but I would not really consider him as a top 10 general.