I go along with Dowding and Kiwi Air Vice Marshal Keith Park, commander of 11th fighter group, as often overlooked for their great effort in the battle of Britain.
But the Germans had next to no chance of invading, R.A.F. or no R.A.F.
Others that perhaps should get a mention....
Sir John Monash, of Australia.
Montgomery said he thinks he was the best allied commander of the first world war.
Charles X11 of Sweden.
Won battles against big odds against the Russians but, as others that followed, eventually succumbed.
King Adolphus Gustavus of Sweden.
Revolutionized military tactics in the 30 years war.
Vo Nguyen Giap of Vietnam.
He was a fighter who could go the distance, fighting almost non stop from the 1940's till 1975, and defeating France and the U.S.A.
Not a bad effort.