Top Ten Military Generals of All Time


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61 Cao Cao

Do not believe in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms when you judge Cao Cao, IT'S A NOVEL. It twists the characters beyond recognition. Cao Cao was a great tactician, good commander and perfect politician in the China of that era. He was no Dong Zhuo. He tried his best to protect China and his people against the chaos. Always giving his enemies a second chance. He defeated Yuan Shao when he was greatly outnumbered also. An example of what a good leader should become. Please do not trust the version of the Romance, it takes elements from the real history but is ficcion. Wei gets to be the bad guy and Shu (with Liu Bei as his leader) gets to be de good guys. Historically it was the other way around.

Prime Minister of Han Dynasty in China. A dictator and founder of Wei Kingdom during three kingdoms era in 2 ce. He conquered half of China.

Cao Cao, the young Nobel man who had a dream of protecting the poor and uniting China under his rule. A very ambitious Character, yet He resembles the traditional Dictator, who places his desires over all others. In instances he shows nobility in his Character, when he kept his promise to Guan Yu. He Is the opposite of Lui bui, he had the same vision of helping the poor and defeating Evil, they lead many battles against Evil together, such as the one against the yellow turbines and Lu Bu, yet he was a self centered ego centric mad man who believed only in his greatness and achievements over all else. Yet I believe he was a great man. Watch Romance of the Three Kingdom cartoon.

62 Charles Martel

Simply the greatest and most important battlefield commander in the history of Christianity. His victory over Abdul Rahman in the battle of Tours in 732 AD is the reason Islam failed in its quest to conquer the world. His role in the course of human history, largely forgotten, cannot be overstated. Had he lost, there is no doubt that Rome and Constantinople would have fallen as well and the True Faith would have been extinguished forever. For 15 years before that crucial battle between the Cross and the Crescent, he won over 100 battles against the disparate Germanic warlords of what had been the Western Roman Empire. Charles not only defeated his enemies by fighting them when and where they least expected, he was renowned for leading his vanguard of elite heavily-armoured infantry in every battle. Indeed, on several occasions during his conquests of Germany, he fought and killed the opposing kings in single combat, something that many of the cowardly generals ranked above never ...more

For his time his organizational skills were incredible considering Europe was a rat's nest of local petty nobles. He not only organized a viable standing army, supply lines but then laid a licking on the Islam expansion from N. Africa through Spain and into Europe. He did that with about a 5 to 1 numerical disadvantage plus the dubious loyalty of local nobles.
Europe today would be Muslim and Arab speaking if not for Martel.
He was a genius before any other general considered those tactics including the Chinese.

"The Hammer" stopped the Muslim conquest of Europe. In a time with no nationalist feelings, he pulled together the men and resources needed to stop an enemy that few knew were coming. The lynch pin of Christian Europe, largely forgotten.

He won one of the great decisive battles in world history against incredibly staggering odds and numbers, and yet is mired in the 60s? He's easily in my top 5. Probably top 2 or 3.

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63 Zhuge Liang

A very intelligent and brilliant military adviser for Shu Kingdom during three kingdom era in China. He develop a strategy and plan to defeat the mighty Wei Kingdom in several campaign. Even though he failed to conquer the enemy, his tactics and strategy really change the tide of battle.

We was the most brilliant military strategist of the Three Kingdoms era.

He is greatest strategist in history

I like him

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64 Ngô Quyền

Wow! I just learned about him a few days ago. I heard that he defeated nearly 900 Chinese ships.

A great military leader. The Chinese navy feared him so much that they never returned until 500 years later

Great and brilliant General of Vietnam with his famous attack in 938 on the Bach Dang river

He made nightmare for China military. With Yet Kieu captain, Nam Han (China solider) will never forget that lesson. Don't ever touch in Vietnam country.

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65 Imam Hussein A.S

I Salute his bravery who faced a large number of troops for eight to ten hours with 72 companions

I love him for his Faith

He fought with enemy in a situation that he and his army was thirsty because enemy was surrounding the river

Led a single war in his lifetime, Lost it... - Sadongrohiik

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66 Suleiman I

He was one of the greatest rulers of the Ottoman Empire from whom many of the European empires feared

Suleiman the magnificent.

He was not greatest leaer of the Ottoman empire. His father greater then him. His father gave him very strong army and huge wealth. The power of the Ottoman empire reduced in his time.

He made the Ottoman empire into its hieght

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67 Nguyan Ngoc Loan
68 Themistocles

He was to western civilization what Washington was to America. He defeated the Persian twice and if he hadn't been ostracized Athens wouldn't have fallen to the Spartans

Led one of the most influential battles in history. He was a creator of Athenian sea power and also has a really cool name. Really a very intelligent and hard-working general.

Without him we would all be speaking FARSI

69 Douglas MacArthur Douglas MacArthur

Have you read his book read it and see what he did

So good he is on this list twice

By far the greatest American General of all time. And in the top 5 of all time.

Best theatre commander in ww2
Strategically and tactically unsurpassed
Kenny Eichelberger Casey and Kincaid all served under him and were all excellent. Hollandia landings were nothing short of amazing..dazzling in conception and brilliantly executed only perhaps Napoleons or maybe Hannibal could have done this

70 Isoroku Yamamoto

The only member of Imperial Japanese leadership with the foresight to see a losing war ahead and still know how to win it.

Overall, extremely forward thinking, even seeing the impracticality of building the popular super-battleships and focusing on range of attacks with bombers and the all important aircraft carrier.

Recognized the importance of taking the money islands of Southeast Asia to fuel the underproduction Japanese war machine.

Only due to a logistic mishap and the timidity of Nagumo, was the Attack on Pearl Harbor not a death blow to the US Navy.

Helped modernize the IJN to become the first great Eastern military power of the industrial age.

Despite being a political opponent of the leadership of Japan, he stayed in a powerful office due the admiration of the Japanese fleet.

His death was one of the nails on the coffin for Japan in the Pacific War.

71 Skanderbeg

This albanian warrior king started a war were albania would crush any turkish army that came into our land for the next 40 years he was usually outnumbered 1 to 10

Great tactician, held ottomans back many times and defeated them even though he was outnumbered. Deemed "champion of Christ". By the pope. Ottomans only succeeded in conquering Albania after he died of malaria in his 60's

Skanderbeg should be in the top ten

He was Defender of the western civilization from the Otomans, and he did it for more than 30 years, the land of Arber ( Albania ) was free and the only state in Balkans that fight back against Otoman empire!

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72 Josip Broz Tito Josip Broz Tito Josip Broz (7 May 1892, Kumrovec – 4 May 1980, Ljubljana), commonly known as Tito was a Yugoslav communist revolutionary and statesman, serving in various roles until his death in 1980. During World War II he was the leader of the Partisans, often regarded as the most effective resistance movement more.

This man defended Yugoslavia from the Nazi and was part of Hitler's downfall a commendable man

And saved Europe from Russia

so it is.

The best!

73 Ali ibn Abu Talib

HE is the best warrior ever born in the world...

HE is the best warrior ever born in the world

Father of Heaven's Prince

Ruled for 5 years, Launched a military campaign to regain lost territory, Lost it, Had a part of his army revolut and got killed by them.
Superb Military Strategy right here. - Sadongrohiik

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74 Chandragupta Maurya

Defeated seleucus, Alexander the greats most powerful general, defeated the most powerful kingdoms of India and unified India, a street boy to have rose to such great heights is a amazing feat.

Created the base for one of the strongest empire of world

First emperor of India who consolidated the entire Indian subcontinent under his rule. The greatest king of India who defended his motherland from the foreign Greek Invaders

Chandtagupt mourya deteat Alexander

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75 Timur

He is the best

Timerlane can't be that long on the list!

76 Pyrrhus of Epirus

Conquered Macedon, Hannibal ranked Pyrrhus as the greatest commander the world had ever seen, known to be very Well meaning and kindly. Some of his battles, though successful, cost him heavy losses, from which the term "Pyrrhic victory" was coined.

If Hannibal said he's good he must be good

77 Gaius Marius


A travesty, here's why:

He completely reformed a Roman army that was becoming obsolete due to political, economic, and social inequality in the quickly expanding Republic. Making the first truly large professional army in Western Europe (as opposed to citizen-soldiers who did not make careers out of fighting, which Greek and Roman armies had been composed of until this point) is no easy task, but on top of that, what he had the army do was remarkable as well.

In 105 B.C. a large Roman army had been wiped out by three invading Germanic tribes coming from the north, in response, the Senate gave Marius 4 straight years as a consul (co-president) as he undertook his reforms. Luckily for Marius, the disunited tribes plundered modern-day southern France and Eastern Spain before trying to cross the Alps, which allowed Marius to sufficiently drill his soldiers. Still, they were heavily outnumbered, and did not know when and where exactly the ...more

Completely revolutionized the Roman military and won some of the most lopsided victories in military history. Defeated a quarter of a million German invaders with only a relative handful of troops (~30,000). Excelled not only at battlefield leadership but also at preparation and logistics. Brilliance included several inventions, such as the pilum that broke upon impact, preventing the enemy from throwing it back. He essentially completely changed the way war was prepared for and fought. That tremendous impact on military history, alongside his brilliance in the field, make him a shoo-in for the top 10.

He reorganized the Roman legion

Ranked too low

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78 Tran Tien Dung
79 Geronimo Geronimo

One quarter of American army was occupied truying to capture his 37 warriors. He was never captured but he give in willingly because his warriors were homesick.

80 William the Conqueror William the Conqueror William I, usually known as William the Conqueror and sometimes William the Bastard, was the first Norman King of England, reigning from 1066 until his death in 1087. The descendant of Viking raiders, he had been Duke of Normandy since 1035. After a long struggle to establish his power, by 1060 his more.

Also famously known as William the Conqueror, he led the Norman invasion of England which was the last time that England was successfully conquered by a foreign power. His army defeated the English army at the battle of Hastings preceding his march to London. English resistance was futile as he took control of England and his reign would begin. He would make many major reforms to the traditional Anglo-Saxon culture of England and bring into existance the Anglo-Norman culture. He also called William 'The Bastard' by his enemies.

He invaded England, Whales, Ireland and southern Italy. There is no doubt he is a Conqueror.

Should be top twenty, he changed the English culture and laid the seeds for the world's largest colonial empire. His victory at Hastings was a masterpiece of battlefield adjustments. His legacy is still visable in the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, and the entire English speaking world.

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