Who was the most unsucessful general in history

greatstreetwarrior

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Nov 2012
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Wanted to know some hallmark examples of the following cases for military generals in history.

1. Who was the most unsucessful general in history?
2. Who had the maximum no. of defeats in battle?
3. Who had the highest losing streak and when?
4 Who has lost the maximum no. of battles without ever winning a single one?
 
May 2014
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Norway
Wanted to know some hallmark examples of the following cases for military generals in history.

1. Who was the most unsucessful general in history?
2. Who had the maximum no. of defeats in battle?
3. Who had the highest losing streak and when?
4 Who has lost the maximum no. of battles without ever winning a single one?
I am not too sure about this but I have an impression that Conrad Von Hotzendorf did not exactly win a lot of campaigns or battles.
 

Lawnmowerman

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Mar 2010
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Elphinstone commander of the British in Afghanistan in 1842, totally past it, not mentally fit to command a child's birthday. Made so many mistakes he doomed his army. Some classics.

Building his main fort with large hills overlooking it.

Failing to act decisively when the British agent in Kabul was murdered (doing so would have crushed the rebellion on the spot)

Ordering his men not to fire on the enemy so as "Not to anger them"

Disarming his army before leaving Kabul.

Refusing to take the fight to the enemy at any time.

When the British went back into Afghanistan a year later under a competent commander they crushed the Afghani's. The entire failure of the British in Afghanistan can be blamed solely on Elphinstone.

So great was his failures, any member of this forum could probably command and win in Afghanistan in 1842
 

Fiver

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Jul 2012
3,776
Burnside, McClellan, McDowell, Hooker etc etc....
Burnside consistently won when he wasn't facing Robert E Lee. McClellan was one of the worst generals of the war, but that hardly qualifies him for one of the worst in history. McDowell was pressured into battles before he was ready. Hooker was a superb organizer and did well when he wasn't facing Robert E Lee.

A better list is Hood, Polk, As Johnston, Joe Johnston, Price, Wheeler, Van Dorn, Floyd, Sibley, Pillow, etc.