Most successful military commander. - Page 4




 
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July 10th, 2008  
MontyB
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by AussieNick
Does the size of the force matter? What about a Battalion Commander, or even a Company Commander?

I personally think that a successful leader is one who commands his men with courage, inspires them to follow him through personality not by virtue of rank and who fought in difficult circumstances. Victorious or not.
I am not so sure that the emphasis is on the size of the force but more on the magnitude to the battle and its consequences for example it is hard to compare an action in Vietnam to a battle such as Trafalgar or Waterloo.
July 10th, 2008  
AussieNick
 
But what I'm questioning is the factor that is actually used to decide the level of "success".
July 10th, 2008  
MontyB
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by AussieNick
But what I'm questioning is the factor that is actually used to decide the level of "success".
I think you will find that is somewhat subjective similar to the thread on "History's most ferocious battle" until you can define the criteria it is pretty much whatever you make it.
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July 10th, 2008  
Del Boy
 
Re. Levels of success- somewhat ironic that Wellington always acknowledged Assaye as his greatest and saddest victory, and that the German WW11 leaders, so often raised up on pedestals , presided over the most disastrous defeat imaginable, so much so that their country was obliged to rely upon the magnanimity of their opponents to survive.
July 13th, 2008  
AikiRooster
 
 
I like Genghis too, maybe even George Washington as well.
September 24th, 2008  
Easy-8
 
 
Genghis Khan:

September 26th, 2008  
hubaj
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Damien435
Genghis Khan. He conquered Asia (not just Persia and Alexander did) where Julius Caesar conquered France. Who hasn't?
Very true
I always considered his performance in civil war more shining, because there he didn´t have the advantage of superior troops. Especialy the battle at Farsal, simple but briliant plan.

As other people have pointed out, there are lots of other great commanders (Alexander, Ghengis Khan, Napoleon etc.) and I really wouldn´t dare to put them in any order. So my vote would be Caesar for the simple reason - I like Roman legions
September 27th, 2008  
aprilangel
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MontyB
I will go with the tried and true on this one and say that it is a toss up between Alexander the Great or Genghis Khan although I guess we have a choice of everyone up until WW1 so I may yet change my mind as the likes of Napoleon, Nelson and Wellington rated pretty well too.

So for Now Genghis Khan gets the nod.



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Young pony Alexander the Great has to rate right up there....
September 28th, 2008  
perseus
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by aprilangel
Young pony Alexander the Great has to rate right up there....
In terms of what he did in such a short time, it seems there was no equal, especially allowing for the small state he originated from and the slow pace of ancient history.
September 28th, 2008  
aprilangel
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by perseus
In terms of what he did in such a short time, it seems there was no equal, especially allowing for the small state he originated from and the slow pace of ancient history.

Well stated Perseus, thats what i think too of alexander's achievements when considering who was the most successful of commanders and what made them so


yes, in terms of age; understanding, ability and accomplishments...as a boy at 16 he had his first 'tour' against the Thracians ...then as a young man of 18 he led troops for the first time, and by only 33 he'd conquered most of the known world.
...and these are not the only things that made him great and again in terms of his age too, he is known for his outstanding levels of energy, intellectual curiousity, military geniuse (caesar was envious of him and tried to imitate him), and last but not least this young king, general and conquerer had a uniquely huge undeniable impact on the course of history, also still effecting us to this very day from way back since....who can know who the greatest is, but he definately had something going for him in his short life.....wonder what he'd had of achieved if he'd lived longer too.
 


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