- Mar 2016
I'm reading Peter H. Wilson's history of the Thirty Years War, and it can be a little difficult to keep up with all of the many commanders that led armies during the war, aside from the more well-known ones like Gustavus and Enghien on the "Protestant" side, and Wallenstein and Tilly on the Imperial side. But these men only commanded during relatively short periods of the war in different phases. I know that Gustavus is the most famous and celebrated of the commanders, but I feel like it's necessary to take into consideration that he was only directly engaged in the conflict for roughly two years, so it's easy to glorify someone if they weren't around for long enough to start making big mistakes. Is there any other commander you think deserves to be held in a higher regard for military operations during the war?