Top Ten Military Generals of All Time


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81 Hannibal

Far too low, often considered the greatest strategist of all time.

He brought fear to the Roman Empire, to its legions. One of the greatest if not the greatest war general of all time.

Hannibal is so awesome he's on this list twice

Just so everyone is aware, Hannibal is in the top Ten, I think this is a different entry made by someone who wasn't aware.

Unless you all are talking about the guy from Silence of the Lambs.

But I think we were watching different movies if you thought he was a general, Clarice.

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82 Flavius Aetius

A Roman of noble birth who was sent to the court of none other than Attila the Hun. Having learned from this exceptional conqueror who brought Rome to its knees, Aetius won one of the bloodiest battles before the 20th century. Commanding an alliance of Romans, Goths and Franks totalling 100,000 men, Flavius Aetius defeated Attila the Hun's entire force of 250,000 at the battle of Chalons. If Attila is highly prized as one of history's best generals, surely the man who defeated him against the odds deserves a similar rank.

If you like Belisarius, meet his predecessor, Flavius Aetius.

At the tail end of the Western Roman Empire, Flavius Aetius may have been the last of the Western Emperors to dream of restoring Rome to its greatness. He was able to reconquer many parts of Gaul and most of Spain, but would ultimately be betrayed by the constantly scheming men of Rome, who feared his necessary reforms would rot away their power. He was very much like Belisarius, as he was able to do with fewer men and supplies in less time against greater odds, what recent emperors could not do: retake vast amounts of Imperial territory.

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83 George Armstrong Custer

Even though he made a fatal mistake at Bighorn, he was a smart general if you look at his other accomplishments.

He was a loser!

"Charge! Charge to the sound of the guns! ". That was Custer's command during the Battle of Gettysburg. Custer was the most famous and best general ever from the United States.

One hell of a general...
Enough said

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84 Arthur Currie

After British and French Troops spent a year trying to take this hill from the Germans in WW1. Currie said I will take it in 3 days with Canadian Troops. He did just that and the Germans were so impressed they thought they had Canadian Spies in their ranks. The Germans called the Canadian Troops Storm Troopers and for the rest of the war were fearful of any Canadian Attack. This is the greatest military achievement in Canadian Military History and is credited with the birth of a nation.

Currie was also the commander brought in to many other battles that were at a stalemate such as Paschendaele.

85 Marcus Claudius Marcellus

Nicknamed "the sword of Rome" Marcellus fought in the Punic wars and was the first person to defeat Hannibal, even after Cannae. He died on the field of battle like a true general, also he was awarded the spolia opima, a great Roman medal that is hard to get.

86 Isoruku Yamamoto

Planning Pearl Harbour.
Where are all the other famous Japanese commanders? Takeda Shingen, Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi etc.?

87 Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa

If it wasn't for General Agrippa, Augustus Caesar wouldn't have won the Battle of Actium and established Rome's Golden Age thereafter

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88 Nathan Bedford Forrest

Grant and Sherman say he was the best General in the civil war. Robert E Lee said when asked who was his best general "even though I never met the man it would be Nathan Bedford Forrest." Sherman nicknamed him That Devil Forrest and would not do anything till his scouts told him where Forrest was.

The most dangerous man in the south. Ruthless, brave, and never quit.

No way he should be below Custer unless you're punishing him for the KKK.

Good general - arnoldman66

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89 Muawiyah I

Under Muslim Second Caliph, Caliph Umar al-Khattab, Muawiyah became the governor of Syria in 640 and make Damascus as his base. In 647, he already developed a very strong army to oppose Byzantine Empire. He conquered Cyprus in 649 and Rhodes in 654. He also defeated Byzantine navy in Lycia in 655. By this time, he and his Syrian army under the order of Caliph in Medina became a very fearsome threat to the Byzantine Empire (apparently BYzantine only fell to Mehmet II). He siege Byzantine capital, Constantinople, several times. As a relative to Muslim Third Caliph, Uthman al-Affan, he demand the fourth caliph, Ali Abi Talib, to take action upon the assassination of Uthman. Fearing that the people will divide, Caliph Ali refuse to take action for the time being, and this led to Muawiyah dissatisfaction. Civil war occurred with Siffin War and Camel War. Regret by this event, the two rulers decide to negotiate and Muawiyah take this opportunity to conquer Egypt. After the death of Caliph ...more

90 Mikhaiin Cutudop
91 Paul von Hindenburg

Not as skilled as Ludendorff, but should be top 100. Helped to usher in the modem era.

92 Philip II of Macedonia
93 Gnaeus Pompeius

Poor, poor Pompey, he came into the First Triumvirate with more renown than Caesar and Crassus, but would be eclipsed by Caesar shortly after Crassus' death. One of the better generals during the end of the Republic, he was one of the few who actually did defeat Caesar in a pitched battle. On top of this, he eliminated all piracy in the Mediterranean. ALL OF IT, a massive but necessary undertaking as piracy was becoming a larger and larger problem as Roman trade routes stretched out. In addition, he succeeded in taking back Northern Turkey from Mithradates, a notorious enemy of Rome who had been beaten many times, but never stamped out completely. In the civil war Caesar's troops fanaticism brought them back from the brink after Pompey's victory in the civil war, and Pompey's timidity in refusing to first defend Rome and the Italian peninsula, and his inability to quickly finish off Caesar, caused him and the Senate to flee to Egypt, where he was killed by agents of the Pharoah, who ...more

94 Ranjit Singh

The greatest and undefeated military Sikh leader of all time. The only leader who conquered Afghanistan in the history of mankind. The only leader who defeated british and afghan rulers

Ranjit singh was the great king in mankind history

Great king, who was greatly loved by people and brought peace to the region of Punjab.

Singh is king

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95 George Castriot

If it wasn't for him and united Albanian tribal leaders, the West Europe would had definitely succumb to the Ottoman Empire. With a very small army of around 20000 foot soldiers he managed to defeat and stop the Ottoman Empire Army (which was a superpower of that time), for more then 2 decades.He is definitely one of the top five greatest generals and the only unsung general of all time.

One of the strategy fighting against superpower at that time, protecting not only his country and his people, but, also the West Europe.

I belive he was among top ten comanders of all time. He defended his lands against the mightiest army of that time.

George Castriot (Scanderbeg) was 1 of the greatest military strategs of his time. With only 20 000 soldiers max he managed to defeat for 25 years ottoman empire armies that reached over 120 000 soldiers sometimes. Only after his death ottomans could occoupie the balcan penisulla

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96 General Raheel Sharif

He is the man who is fighting against Terrorists inside the country and saving future of its motherland. Great Pakistani General with Great values.

World number 1 military leader today

A true Pakistani and true Muslim

We Love him very much. he is the one who save our Pakistan.

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97 Zivojin Misic

Biggest general in WW1

One of the four Serbian Voivodas (Field Marshal) from WW1, and one of most talented commandant of that time. Particularly pointed out in the Battle of Kolubara in 1914, when the Austro-Hungarian army and definitely left Serbia, after which he was promoted to the rank of Voivode.

The general who crushed Bulgarians, Austrians and Germans @ Tessaloniki battle.

Led an outnumbered Serbian army on Cer and won against the Austro-Hungarians.

98 Antonio Luna

Brilliant, bravest and only general of the First Republic Fought the Americans gallantly

How can he one of the greatest? he can't even achieve a single victory under his command in the field. Too much drama portrays him in movies and articles, yes he is talented, genius and brave but it does not an equal to success. - Orion101

One of the most talented when it comes in war or battles.


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99 Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim

100 is far too low for Mannerheim... Deserves far higher for his work defending Finland in the Winter War against the Soviet Union which had overwhelming numbers against the ill-equipped Finnish Defense Forces.

A great tactic, strategic and political leader who defied Hitler and Stalin. He gave birth to his nation and knew how to use his brother ' general winter'.

Defeated Soviet Union in 2nd WW and kept Finland the only country not occupied by either germans or Soviets with common border with either of the countries

You don t have heard of the man because the west did not help us against, when it is payback time of white mans burden we are very wellcome give ouer history, think and make your own opinion of bush, reagan, trumph...cnn is not the only source of information

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100 Bajirao I

It is because of bajirao that Hinduism and modern India live. I think a general should not only be judged by wars he fought but what impact he had on history and world order. It was bajirao because of whom Islam could not destroy Hinduism, Sikhism, jainism and buddhism, and modern Indian would not have existed as a secular country it would have been a Muslim country, an Islamic state and imagine a country 10 times bigger than pakitan, which support and export Islamic terrorism the way Pakistan does, the world is indebted to this man for curtailing religious and Islamist fundamentalism which plagues this part of the world.

A long career of 41 battles against the toughest of enemies, spread over 20 long years. That is no mean feat. Truly one of the greatest generals in the history of mankind

He is one of three kings who never lost a war

He is far to low, he never even lost a single battle

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