The General of the German Eastern Africa trrops. He led 4 years long a war against an owerwhelming, ten times stronger British force, without ever being defeated. He won all his battles.
The Austrian Empire's greatest general. Fought the Turks and the French in a long career
Also known as Arminius. He was the German leader who brought the biggest defeat to a Roman army ever. The total annihilation of three legions in the Teutoburger Forest. This caused the end of the Roman plans to conquer Germany. His plan how to seduce the Roman armies in territorry, where they lost their abilities was clever.
The true father of the Blitzkrieg. He was Rommel's corps commander in France '40. Also spearheaded the most important panzer attack on Russia, until hindered by Hitler. His arguments and subsequent dismissals by Hitler were legendary, and possibly saved Russia from defeat.
Chaka Zulu was a great warrior who with native technology defeated the mighty British Empire
He suppressed the uprisings of Sertorius and Spartacus. He destroyed the piracy in the mediterranean. He conquered Cappadocia, Pontus, Paphlagonia, Cilicia, Syria, Palestine.
Defeated: Vandals Ostrogoths Sassanid Was given only a small fraction for his army because of Justinians fear of Belisarius's growing popularity. Butmost every time, Belisarius emerged victorious. Reconquered Rome and most of Italy
(1729-1800) Russia's greatest general, he was never defeated in his entire career- a feat never seen since the days of Alexander the Great or Genghis Khan. So successful on his final campaign against the french revolutionaries, Austria cut off his supplies, betraying him seeing he was overly successful. He was forced to retreat through the french alps- and while his depleted army was checked many times, he never lost a single battle. He died right before the napoleonic wars- and the question of him vs Napoleon lives on.
Bastard son of the King of Saxony, this methodical general never lost a battle in the War of Austrian Succession
Being at only 18 years of age, Charles went on in a war with Denmark, Saxony, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and Russia, crushing them in many battles, especially at Narva in 1700.
Sargon of Akkad, also known as Sargon the Great "the Great King" (Akkadian Šarru-kīnu, meaning "the true king" or "the king is legitimate"), was a Semitic Akkadian emperor famous for his conquest of the Sumerian city-states in the 23rd and 22nd centuries BC. The founder of the Dynasty of Akkad. He is sometimes regarded as the first person in recorded history to create a multiethnic, centrally ruled empire, although the Sumerians Lugal-anne-mundu and Lugal-zage-si also have a claim. His dynasty controlled Mesopotamia for around a century and a half.
An undefeated Roman General. Fought in the Jugurthine, First Mithridatic Wars and two Roman civil wars. Defeated an army of 120,000 with 40,000 men with only 10,000 enemy troops surviving the battle. Only general in history to have conquered both Athens and Rome (which he conquered twice).
The first emperor of China. He Unified a country which was divided into many petty kingdoms and fighting among themselves for several hundred years. He achieved his goal of unifying China after numerous wars and surviving many assassination attempts. Many tried before him to achieve it but failed. He established a country which grew in size by consuming other countries and making its people Chinese permanently. He made the Hua-Chia(Han) people the master race of china for ever. China was the longest lasting empire in the world which lasted from last part of third century B.C. to 1911(though ruling dynasties changed). Even today the People's Republic of China holds most of the lands which were historically mentioned as parts of chinese empire. Where as it's contemporary Roman Empire vanished for ever. Also Qin Shi Huang was the maker of the great walls of china, one of the seven wonders of the world and the largest man made construction even seen from the outer space. China was the most technologically advanced country in the world upto 16th century. ("China; a monster lives there. Let it sleep peacefully for if it wakes up it will shake the world" -quoted by Napoleon Bonapart). Qin Shi Huang founded that superpower monster.
This man need to be high on the list - few know much about him. His accomplishments are incredible - liberation all of South America from the Spanish Empire - over the roughest terrain in the World. Intentions toward civilization count a lot in my book as well as generalship - Bolivar gets 4 stars on both. His goal was to create a "free" society where man could be happy and thrive. I personally rate Alexander the Great the highest of all - but even a cursory study of Bolivar will dim the lights a bit on the Genghis Khan's and Julius Ceasar's of this world; men who, in my opinion, wanted to conquer to control - not to uplift. Bolivar was the richest man in South America - and spent his entire fortune and eventually his life to free his people from oppression against gigantic odds - and succeeded - a truly great man by any standard.
Reformed the Roman legion. Defeated superior German forces who had perilously destroyed several Roman armies. Also defeated Numidians, after other Roman generals had failed.
Roman general who was part of the Marian faction, driven out by Sulla, but raised an army in Hispania combined of Roman legions and the native Spanish guerillas. Defeated everything Sulla sent against him, with smaller numbers but innovative adaptability. If not betrayed by his second in command, Western history would have been very different.
Greatest British General. Never lost a battle or a siege against Louis XIV's France
One of the first Generals to realize the importance of the integration of artillery in trench warfare and one of the most successful of the WW1 Generals. Planned and executed wins at Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele after the British were unable to do it. Defied convention and gave maps and mission objectives to NCO's due to realization that in Trench warfare the officers are often killed. This had never been done in the European military which still had an old class structure. Ensured troops could continue with mission in event their officers were killed. One of the first WW1 Generals to realize that mechanization required different tactics then previous wars and perhaps the most successful of all WW1 Generals at putting new methods into practice.
He was both General and a Scholar. He was reconized for his genius by King Phillip II of Macedon and was employed as a private secretary at a very young age. After death of Phillip II he helped Alexander secure is empire and then accompained him into Asia. After Alexander's death Eumenes, unlike all the other high ranking officials, stayed loyal to Alexander and aided Alexander's son Alexander IV. Can be viewed as a man of good ethics and tried to do the right thing
One of few ofensive generals of WW1, father of "shock troops". See: Brusilov Offensive
A general who converted his small city state of Ghazni (Afghanistan) to a booming empire that stretched from the plains of Central India to Azerbaijan and Caspian Sea, and from Somnath (Present Dwarka in Indian Gujrat) to the valleys of Farghana in modern China. Never loosing a battle, he attacked India 18 times between 997 AD to 1028 AD. The first Muslim ruler to ever use the title of "Sultan".
Undefeated against numerically superior Armies.............Byzantine and Persian,the areas conquered by him still Arabic and Muslim and an excellent front line soldier arguably not "one of the greatest"but the Greatest
became a great military leader in the siege of orleans with excellent cannon and archery placement to help soliders to overthrown the castle which save the french empire in their last hope
Second in importance only to Washington in winning the (American) Revolutionary War. Look at his campaigning in South Carolina.
1: General Tariq Ibn Zeyad ((Algerian Berber Muslim from European origin (blond with blue eyes)). there is a painting for him at his website at the wikipedia. 2: General Musa Ibn Nusair (Arab Muslim from yemen). 3: General Khalid Ibn Al-Walid (Arab Muslim from Mecca, Hijaz, Saudi Arabia). 4: Hezbollah General in 2006 war with Israel (Arab Muslim Shiite from Lebanon). 5: General Jebe (Genghis khan) (from Mongolia). 6: Caesar (Roman Empire, from Italy, European). 7: Alexander (from Macedonia, European). Number one: General Tariq ibn zeyad started with 30000 soldier conquered in less than 5 years what is today (Tunisia, Algeria, morocco, most of Spain and all of Portugal) 709 - 714 A.D. Today's Population of these countries: Tunisia: 11.2 million. Algeria: 35.4 million. Morocco: 32.2 million: hispanic (world): 114 million Native Portuguese (world) : 78.1 million Native Total: 270.9 million people today. compared to general khalid ibn al-walid who is # 3 in history after tariq ibn zeyad and musa ibn nusair, khalid with 25000 soldiers conqured an area with population today of 212 million people in 9 years and 7 months.
A coalition leader during the Yellow Turban Rebellion and defeated the last emporer of Han Yuan Shao established the Wei dynasty during the period of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms War
He was the most secsefully general in all areas of the military and enviroments. He was a artillary expert and become the greatest german field marshal then had his own tank divisions. took over poland, everything under Germany - (besides Italy), helped the Italian battlefront against the British and Americans for months and still took over alot of land in Africa including the British oil fields in Eygpt. The only reason he died is because of a conspirice therory to assassinate Hitler so Erwin had a choice to save his family or himself and he choose to sav his son and wife.
Intrepid and impetuous, along with Turenne the greatest commander of the Louis XIV era.
I may have missed im on the list but he belongs and very high at that. I don't agree with the list on rankings anyway. Ike was the greatest general of WW2 on all sides.
'Napoleon of Egypt' is the title given to him by modern egyptologists. He created the largest empire Egypt had ever see, ; no fewer than seventeen campaigns were conducted, and he conquered from Niya in North Syria to the fourth waterfall of the Nile in Nubia and never lost a single battle.
I believe this general was overlooked. He fought for the Royalist cause,Charles the 1st,in the 17th century against the Covanenteers in Scotland. He too,brought an army through the mountains,Ben Nevis,in Scotland. This was the battle of Inverlochy. He had Alasdair MacColla,an Irish soldier and his troops during most of the campaigns. His battles,tactics etc are studied by many soldiers to this day.....considered by many,a genius!
Fought brutal jungle war against determined enemy. Ill supported, ill supplied, under recognized.
He was Bohemian generalissimo (supreme commander) of Holy Roman armies during 30 years war. He was the key figure of that war. His last important military success was the defeat of Gustav Adolf.
An important military commander of 14th century Bohemia. He was one of key commanders in battle of Grunwald and master (military teacher) of young Jan Žižka. "sokol" means "falcon" in czech, his nickname was Wild Falcon.
With a five-star generals leading the Indonesia to fight and win the battle against the Dutch who had previously been colonized for 3.5 centuries. Indonesia's independence, but the Japanese came to colonize and soekarno back fighting alongside the people against the Japanese at that time controlled nearly the entire continent japan asia, coinciding with a nuclear bomb nagasaki and hiroshima the Japanese army was eventually defeated and returned to his country. By using traditional weapons and guns majority outdated Soekarno with his army won a war against the Netherlands and Japan are on paper they could win more easily because the technology is far more advanced and better. The whole world at that time believed that a five-star general is a serious threat to block west and a block east from the struggle to establish Indonesia as the world superpower know especially that Sukarno created a non-aligned movement. Sukarno eventually dropped by his own subordinates in a conspiracy with the USA and the UK.
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