Top 10 Most Underrated Military Generals

The Top Ten
1 Erwin Rommel Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel, popularly known as the Desert Fox, was a German field marshal of World War II. He worked under Adolf Hitler's Third Reich as a leading general and gained fame from his battles in North Africa.

Rommel is by far the greatest military general of the 20th century. He was a great general and a gentleman to his foes. Montgomery would never had beaten Erwin if Hitler just gave him supplies. He gained the hate and respect of Winston Churchill who said, "We have a very skillful opponent against us. And may I say across the havoc of war, a great general." Beyond victory no soldier can ask for anything other than the respect of his enemies.

He was a very good general and also very respectable. He did not commit war crimes nor did he follow many of the commands that came from the Nazis (because they were unreasonable). He planned to arrest Hitler and put him on trial and thus was forced to commit suicide (because he was involved in the July Plot). Most people do not know his name or assume he was a bad person when in reality he was a great military leader and good person.

2 Scipio Africanus
3 Chester Nimitz

That is my great grandfather. Anyone in my family will say that he was quite possibly the most passionate man you would meet. He cared about his work and now goes unnoticed and under-appreciated. He was the last living five star fleet admiral of WW2 as well. Love me some Chet.

4 Robert E. Lee Robert Edward Lee was an American and Confederate soldier, best known as a commander of the Confederate States Army. He commanded the Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War from 1862 until his surrender in 1865.

Just to begin, I'm born to two New Yorkers in California... so there's no Southern pride going on here. But Robert E. Lee has to go down as one of the greatest military tacticians of all time. He was outnumbered out out supplied in every conflict. And yet in even the conflicts he had 'lost' he inflicted more damage (usually) to the enemy than his forces incurred. But it wasn't sustainable. The pure measure is the question that if Bobby Lee was granted the same resources of manpower and supplies that U.S. Grant was given, who would have come out on top...I don't think any sane military thinker would believe the war would have ended the same. And Bobby Lee did not support slavery and actually supported a united states. He just wouldn't raise his sword against his beloved homeland... Virginia. But as far as military leaders, he's one of the greatest... truly one of the greatest there ever was. And yes, he surrounded himself with great leaders (Jackson, Forest, Stuart...). just like all great leaders do.

5 Crazy Horse

A great warrior who like many where tricked and murders by the white man.

6 Võ Nguyên Giáp

It seems the one who brought this up does not know much about Vietnam war as well as the real story of Dien Bien Phu battle. I am wondering will someone continue vote for general Giap If they know general Giap was not the author of the battle. This rating about him is funny unless this site favors communisim.

Defeated France at Dien Bien Phu with an army of rag-tags and paddy farmers, then took on the might of the American military and unified his country in the Vietnam War.

7 Saladin
8 Otto Von Bismarck Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg, known as Otto von Bismarck, was a conservative Prussian statesman who dominated German and European affairs from the 1860s until 1890. In the 1860s, he engineered a series of wars that unified the German states, deliberately excluding Austria,... read more

The first reich was the Holy Roman Empire under Germanic emporers the second was Bismarks unified German empire the third was Nazi Germany the Weimar Republic was a republic that was created by liberals after ww1 Reich is German for EMPIRE! Not republic or democratic system or state.

Otto Von Bismarck made Germany strong and great, created the German Empire (First Reich) and made Berlin the capital of mainland Europe (not seriously) during his era.

First things first he didn't create the second reich, he created the first. The first was the German empire the second was the German Weimar Republic. Just wanted to clear that up.

9 Georgy Zhukov Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov (1 December 1896 – 18 June 1974) was a Soviet general and Marshal of the Soviet Union. He also served as Chief of the General Staff, Minister of Defence, and was a member of the Presidium of the Communist Party (later Politburo). During the Second World War, Zhukov oversaw... read more

In schools, people learn about great World War II generals like Montgomery and Eisenhower, but we always forget Zhukov. He was the one who opposed the Nazi advance in the Soviet Union and halted the Nazi attack.
Zhukov can be considered as the one who put the war in the Allies favour as his tactics were the first major defeat to the Nazis.

He brought down the Nazi regime in Eastern Europe.

10 Belisarius

Belisarius is considered a military genius rivaling both Napolean and Hannibal. He demolished the Ostrogothic army in Italy twice with 7500 men and then later with 4000 men, and being instrumental in the recovery of North Africa(carthage) from the Vandals. Belisarius also beat back the Persians, preventing them from invading and ransacking the Empire by holding the fort at dara and beating the persian army which outnumbered his army by 2:1. In the same battle his troupes routed the persian immortals considered the best in asia. He also held the besieged city of rome which was at the point of complete starvation against an invasion by vistrogoths with less than 5000 men.

The Contenders
11 George Patton George Smith Patton Jr. was a General of the United States Army who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, and the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

Patton never lost a major engagement either in WWI or WWII. His armies covered more ground, captured and killed more enemy troops and had fewer casualties than any other in the same conflicts. The Third army in Europe had a kill/captured to loss ration that was nothing short of stunning. His ego, bluntness, and a pair of incidents where he slapped American GIs were largely to blame for his being passed over for command of the 12th Army group in Europe (given instead to Omar Bradley). Patton was by far the general the Germans most feared.

12 Khalid ibn al-Walid

Not just a warrior but a man who fasted a whole month and used to pray and fight with obediance to all Islamic War ethics and laws.

He shouldn't be here,the best warrior that ever set foot on earth...the blood of the enemy is his water

13 William Tecumseh Sherman
14 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
15 Julius Caesar Gaius Julius Caesar, known by his cognomen Julius Caesar, was a Roman politician and military general who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.

He is so underrated! Now I know what some of you are thinking. Some of you are thinking: But everyone thinks he is one of the best generals ever! My response? Exactly. He wasn't just one of the best. He was arguably THE BEST of all time. Who knows how far Rome would've gotten had he not been assassinated.

Julius Caesar is an awesome legend of the military general. There is even a tasty salad that's named after him: "Caesar Salad".

I think the world knows his place, what a legendary leader he was...

16 Paul Von Lettow-Vorbeck

This guy fought every battle when he was outnumbered buy a lot, but he won each battle

17 Erich Von Manstein Fritz Erich Georg Eduard von Manstein (24 November 1887 – 9 June 1973) was a German commander of the Wehrmacht, Nazi Germany's armed forces during the Second World War. He attained the rank of field marshal.

In a battle with all things being equal... Von Manstein wins.

The MASSIVE overrated Patton won because almost total air, logistical and numerical superiority.

Von Manstein used to win without these. He was the master of all-arms warfare and concentration of force doctrine that still stands today.

Um... WHY is he not on here. Not only the most brilliant commander in history but also the most underrated. Beat back the russkies and the French at the same time. Later he fought the Brits, French, Americans, and Russians with them having a combined army of 50 to 1 against him and having 20 -1 tanks and 40 -1 artillery. They had 65-1 aircraft and he still held them off for 3 months!

18 Yi Sun-sin

Why isn't Yi Sun-sin not on this list until I put him on here. He is the greatest naval commander of all time. Despite great corruption in Korea, he managed to rise through the ranks, even though he was court-marshalled several times, due to aforementioned corruption. When Japan invaded Korea, they lost every battle except for the naval battles Yi Sun-sin was in, in which they won every battle. He destroyed several fleets of Japanese ships, numbering in the hundreds, without losing a SINGLE SHIP. Tragically, he died in the last battle of the war, in which the mixed Korean-Chinese navy manged to defeat the Japanese due to his tactics.

19 Geronimo Geronimo was a prominent leader and medicine man from the Bedonkohe band of the Apache tribe. From 1850 to 1886 Geronimo joined with members of three other Chiricahua Apache bands.
20 Dwight D Eisenhower Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was an American politician and general who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe.

Ike was a great diplomat and manager, he was NEVER a battlefield commander. The great battlefield leaders of WWII were guys like Montgomery, Bradley and Patton. In fact, Patton and Rommel were likely the best two strategists and tactical minds of that war and, maybe, in history.

Supreme allied commander in ww2. President of usa for 2 terms need I say more.

21 Heinz Guderian

The man who created the blitzkrieg lightning warfare doctrine, the proper use of air power tanks and infantry in battle, a real pioneer in battlefield tactics.

For all of the hype for Rommel, Guderian did his job just as well. He was the most outspoken general, even though he was an amazing commander.

Made France look like school girls in 1941.

22 Svetozar Borojević
23 George Cornwallis
24 Thomas Jonathan 'Stonewall' Jackson

He was the second best if not the best general tactically in the civil war his armies were like stonewalls.if he didn't die iat Chancellorsville Gettysburg would have been completely different and Washington, D.C. Would have fell to the CSA easily giving the south victory and independence from the northern Union of tyranny.

25 Owain Glyndwr
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