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Who would you pick for the best military leaders of all time?

Who would you pick for the best military leaders of all time?

Maybe your list would include Alexander the Great? How about Genghis Khan? Or maybe you think Julius Caesar should top the list?

Tell us who makes your top five list of military leaders!

Military Leader

Surely the best military leader would be the one who has done the most to avoid war. 

Paul Webb

Best military leaders

Jim Bell

I believe the best military leaders are those who won wars that couldn’t be avoided. For me, leaders of wars of invasion and conquest don’t qualify, and losing a war doesn’t disqualify anyone from my list. I nominate

Saladin

Richard I, Lionheart

George Washington

Sam Houston

Robert E. Lee

 

It's a law of the military universe that the General who makes better use of troops, strategy and equipment wins battles. Those who do that all the time win wars. Ergo, at Waterloo, Wellington was a better general than Napoleon.

Best military leaders

What do you think of Alexander the Great or Khalid Ibn Al Walid? 

best military leaders

Sundiata Keita

all-time military leaders

Ancient: Themistocles, Alexander, Hannibal

Medieval: Charles Martel

Modern: George Washington, Napoleon, George S. Patton

Best military leaders

Don’t know if I agree with Napoleon being on your list. He lost the two biggest campaigns of his life – Russia and Waterloo. He couldn’t beat Russia’s three unbeatable Generals. General Rain, General Mud and General Winter. Russia was the worst planned campaign in history. NB lost more than half his army retreating in the snow, ice and sleet of a Russian winter.

He lost at Waterloo because he couldn’t organize his forces and manage them well enough to beat Wellington. 

It's a law of the military universe that the General who makes better use of troops, strategy and equipment wins battles. Those who do that all the time win wars. Ergo, at Waterloo, Wellington was a better general than Napoleon.

Greatest military leader

Julius Caesar, without doubt.

Scipio the African

Annibal

Zhukov

General Giap

Greatest Military Leader

Asoka: he ended his empire by choice!
If I had to choose a conqueror definitely Ghengis Khan.

 

Odd History Buff

Best Military Leader

I will go for the Rashidun general Khalid Ibn Al Walid for the first and foremost. I really admire the battle strategies he planned and applied in the battlefield that won him every single battles he fought. They were sort of tricky and clearly shows his use of his brain during the battle. 

Other generals will be Alexander of course, general Belisarius of the Byzantine Empire or maybe the Parthian general Surena who led the Parthian army in the Battle of Carrhae. Surena’s tactics were superb. He didn’t even let the Romans fight and annhiliated them before they had even clashed.

where is my comment?

I added a comment yesterday but now i can’t find it 

Napoleon (response to #7 above)

For some reason I can’t directly reply to Filio Scotia’s comment on Napoleon above.

Agree he seriously underestimated Russian weather, but organizing the forces for Waterloo was done in less than 100 days, an unprecedented logistical accomplishment to that point. 

Napoleon’s system of organization and tactical maneuver techniques are still studied and used in today’s militaries, his use of artillery in conjunction with cavalry and infantry charges presaged blitzkrieg, and he is arguably the first to grasp and implement the total war concept. He was a revolutionary and transformational figure in military history.

Best military leaders

If, as you say, Napoleon was a good organizer and manager, why did he lose at Waterloo? 

It's a law of the military universe that the General who makes better use of troops, strategy and equipment wins battles. Those who do that all the time win wars. Ergo, at Waterloo, Wellington was a better general than Napoleon.

Best Military Leaders
  1. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, 2. Attila 3. Timur 4. Cenghis Khan 5. Mehmet II (The Conqueror) 

M.Mustafa Ciftcioglu

best military leaders

alexander the great

Napoleon

Chjarlemagne

Saladin

Dzjengiz Kahn

Huub

nejlepší vojevůdci

Pochopitelně Julius Cesar

Karel 4 římský a český král

Top military leader

The top military leader would be one that wins against overwhelming odds and is greatly outnumbered in men and equipment.  We could list Henry V.  In modern times Ho Chi Minh lead the poorest nation in the world and brought the richest and most powerful nation in the world to its knees. While not a conquest. It was still remarkable and genius to hold his ground.

 

A prophet

the prophet Muhammad (PBUH). 1 He was merciful and compassionate to both his army and enemies and of course to innocent people who have nothing to do with the ongoing conflict.  2 He respected war order. 3 He trained and led many other great leaders like Khalid Ibn Alwalid, Amr Ibn Al'ass and others. 4 He was a great strategic planner. 5 He was a democratic leader (which is not easy in warfare) 6 He implemented advanced battlefield tactics and tricks comparing to his time 7 he was surrounded by intelligent local society and culture experts. 8 He preferred making pacts rather than war. 9 In ten years he could change the power balances of the ancient world giving birth to a new era.

reply to Filia Scotia's comment #13

Much has been written concerning Napoleon’s loss at Waterloo. Wellington being a pretty good general might account for it as much as any other factor.

I believe that Julius Caesar

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