Top Ten Military Generals of All Time


The Contenders: Page 8

141 King Priam
142 Tariq ibn Ziyad

Conqueror of spain and portugal. He bring the muslim army to Spain and burn all of their ships. No turning back. And Islam were spread in Andalucia and for some time, Andalucia became major city of administration and knowlege for Abbasid Caliphate.

V 1 Comment
143 William Slim

Needs to be moved way up the list. Took over a hopeless situation in Burma with a demoralized army, and supplied with only the leftovers from the European theatre oversaw a brillian tactical retreat, the complete retraining and revitalizing of his army, and a brilliant return into Burma which completely destoyed the entire Japanese occupation force. The best British battlefield commander of WWII and among the best half dozen British Generals of all time. Also wrote a great book about his campaign called Defeat into Victory. Also polilitically astute - he told Churchill he would not win the 1945 election.

Completely changed the manner with which the British fought in the jungles of Burma. Turned the tide of the war in the Pacific and ultimately showed unmatched ability in properly utilising supplies.

Most underrated of all generals

144 Oda Nobunaga Oda Nobunaga

He was the first general who invented the three line volley

Best Japanese commander the country ever knew.

He nearly united all of Japan!

Defeated an army that was nearly 8x larger than his. (Battle of Okehazama)

145 Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein

Ought to be in the top ten. Top class in that he sought to win with the minimum of casualties

He is a veery good general

He took North Africa from Rommel.

222 - what! Monty - far, far UNDERrated.
1940 British defeat at Dunkirk- then was OC 3rd Iron division the only UK division to make it back to beaches in-tact, under control and with its equipment.
Was able to stand up to Churchill to get Desert Rats ready to fight Rommel. That took a certain courage in itself. I will do this when I am ready, if you don't like it - sack me!
Cared for his men
His narrow point strategy was not listened to as broad front men won the day, this may have prolonged WWII...
More to follow...

146 Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa

The only General to successful conquer Afghanistan. The whole world should know about his bravery and decency. More over he conquered himself that's rarest of rare

He was the great leader

In my opinion he was the greatest of all.

He was the bravest

V 6 Comments
147 Sam Manekshaw

A officer and a gentleman, snatched Bangladesh from Pakistan. Without political intervention there would be no Pakistan today.

148 Karl XII of Sweden

Surprised I didn't see him on here. Amazing commander that always led from the front. Granted it was under his rule that Sweden went from being a great power to just another state but still, he became king at 15 and never lost a battle. He managed to fight off a massive coalition for years. Look at his victories at Narva, Holowczyn and Duna. Amazing man.

Battle of Narva:
10 000 Swedes vs 37 000 Russians

700 dead Swedes
9 000 dead and 20 000 captured Russians

149 Trajan

Added the provinces of Babylon and Dacia by fighting bloody wars against barbarians and the Persians. And adding gold into the roman banks from Dacian gold mones

150 Zhou Yu

A military adviser for Wu Kingdom during three kingdoms era in China. Even though people always hailed Zhuge Liang to be the best strategist during that era, he is worth to mention. Records stated that he is the best in naval battle. He also gave great contribution during Battle of the Red Cliff which Wu and Shu join forces to defeat the powerful Wei army led by Cao Cao (Zhuge Liang also involved in this battle but compare to popular belief, the truth is Zhuge not contribute very much).

Zhou Yu is the actual mastermind behind Red Cliff victory. Among the most well-rounded guy ever

151 John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

He's great he has great luck and a better mind if it weren't for him Germany or France maybe Russia would be the world power napoleon Bonaparte would rule the world he deserves the top

V 3 Comments
152 Koos de la Rey

This man should be under the top 10!

Because there were 82 thousand boere again 346 thousand United Kingdom soldiers and yet the boere did not win, they captured most of them and won most of the war thanks to De La Rey.

153 Sam Houston

He was a great general and won independence from Mexico dictated by Santa Anna, known as the Napoleon of the West

The greatest Texan, second to only Chuck Norris, he was the george Washington of the Texas Revolution and succesfully defeated the Mexican army at the battle of San Jacinto.

V 2 Comments
154 John J. Pershing
155 Agamemnon
156 Louis, Prince of Conde
157 Septimius Severus
158 T. E. Lawrence

Highly overrated as an officer.

In terms of military & political thinking, just way ahead of his time!

World war 1 would have been won by the central powers if not for him.

159 Albrecht von Wallenstein

Bohemian generalissimo (Supreme commander) of Holy Roman armies and a key figure during 30 years war. Known for his ability to raise and train an army very quickly. He defeated Gustav Adolf.

160 Justinian I

When Justinian I took control of the Byzantine Empire, it controlled Turkey and a small portion of Crimea and Israel. During his reign, he not only dealt with the fallout of the fallen Roman Empire (of which Byzantium is the Eastern half), but he conquered so much land that the Mediterranean Sea went from a land ruled over by barbarian tribes to a "Byzantine Lake". He reconquered lost Roman land from Greece, to Egypt, and all the way to Southern Spain and Libya.

PSearch List

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Top Ten Most Underrated Military Generals Best Military Jets of All Time Top 10 Military Sniper Rifles of All Time Top 10 Biggest Military Disasters of All Time Most Important Military Leaders of All Time

List Stats

38,000 votes
271 listings
9 years, 30 days old

Top Remixes (119)

1. Hannibal Barca
2. Alexander the Great
3. Genghis Khan
1. Tran Hung Dao
2. Nguyen Hue
3. Võ Nguyên Giáp
1. Robert E. Lee
2. Alexander the Great
3. Fredrick the Great

View All 119


Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.