Top Ten Most Underrated Military Generals


The Top Ten

1 Erwin Rommel Erwin Rommel Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel, popularly known as the Desert Fox, was a German field marshal of World War II.

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.

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.

My personal favorite. I read his book and I thought it was great. It provides a very keen insight into how he commanded. Very good at what he did as a well rounded seasoned commander. I also love his nickname the "Desert Fox".

He sacked the British and the allies, Hitler been annoyed from his good reputation.

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2 Robert E. Lee Robert E. Lee

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 ...more

Robert E Lee did support slavery and did own slaves. When his father in law died and freed some of his slaves in his will. Lee did not immediately free the slaves but held on to them for years before he carried out his father in laws wishes and freed them

In matter of fact, Robert E. Lee joined solely because he did not want to fight his own state and his people. He also did not support slavery and did not own slaves. - floridiancat

Not a bad man and as general of 1 army he certainly was an over achiever of the civil war and American history

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4 Georgy Zhukov Georgy Zhukov

He brought down the Nazi regime in Eastern Europe.

Zhukov was an evil person but a good general

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. - Modde

5 Julius Caesar Julius Caesar

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.

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

Now that I think about it he should be ahead of Eisenhower - 2storm

He isn't underrated. - zxm

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6 Paul Von Lettow-Vorbeck
7 Otto Von Bismarck 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, more.

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. - Modde

He unified Germany and created the second reich

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.

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.

8 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

He was one of the best of a handful of staff officers who received education at Military Academy of Ottoman Empire. He was the fifth most successful student when he graduated with the rank of staff captain. (1905)

He was a great strategist, a military genius, a talented diplomat and a great statesman.

1. He defeated the Allied armies at Gallipoli (as commander of Anafartas Army Group). (1915)

2. As commander in chief of Turkish army, he defeated an invasion army of Greece, stopped their advance and drove them back to their lines at the Battle of Sakarya even though Turkish army was greatly outnumbered (1 to 3) and out of resources. (1921)

3. One year later, under the command of Atatürk, Turkish army came out of nowhere and started a surprise frontal offensive on Greeks. With a single blow, Greek army was cut into 3 pieces and they were in chaos. Turkish army completed surronding the Greek army at the 4th day of attack. At the 5t day, on 30th of August, ...more

Father of the Turks

Military genius

Very very smart

9 George Patton

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.

Definitely one of the most underrated American generals. German generals admitted that of all American field commanders he was the one they most feared.

All right, why is Caesar on the list? A lot of people think he is the greatest ever! How is that underrated?

I think a lot of people know about him. - zxm

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10 Khalid ibn al-Walid

A smart battle commander and a great general

The best arab commander

Best general

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

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The Contenders

11 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.

The master of lighting war

Another great tactician in the art of war,

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12 Võ Nguyên Giáp

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.

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.

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13 Dwight D Eisenhower

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.

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16 Erich Von Manstein Erich Von Manstein

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! - 3103460

Rommel and Patton are way overrated. Rommel is only thought good because Allied generals made him sound brilliant when they made blunders. Patton fought a half Starved German army without air support. - 3103460

He is actually the greatest general of ww2 inflicting massive Russian casualties as the German armies retreated, if he was given the man power air power resources the allies had it would have been a very different outcome.

By Far the most accomplished field commander of any nation participating in World War 2.

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17 Douglas Haig

Whilst he was responsible for the large casualties in the Somme, he did learn from his mistakes and contributed significantly towards the Spring Offensive of 1918. - JamesNicholls

18 Scipio Africanus

Good ol scipio my boi

He beat Hannibal Barka who considered him in the top 3 greatest generals along with himself and prryhus

HE BESTED HANNIBAL! The same Hannibal who butchered legions and made most others flee and lock there selves inside Romes gates for a decade until scipio routed him in Carthage.Africa is named after this roman.

19 Emilio Aguinaldo Emilio Aguinaldo Emilio F. Aguinaldo (March 22, 1869 – February 6, 1964) was a Filipino revolutionary, politician, and a military leader who is officially recognized as the first and the youngest President of the Philippines and first president of a constitutional republic in Asia. He led Philippine forces first against more.

Very underrated when I comes unto international view, man wasn't even born to be a soldier, he was a farmer, a salesman, later on became the municipal captain of his land. He was force to be a military leader as the Philippine Revolution broke out. He take arms and surprisingly defeated veteran Spanish Generals in battles both Conventional and Guerrilla.

Despite being a young man, he fought from the beginning to the end of the Revolution, helped established a Nation for the people giving-up so much even his name and legacy. Yet he was branded a coward and a traitor by majority of the new generations. A huge price to pay in-order to built a nation and fought for its people.

Such a pity he did a lot of great contribution for the country yet he was despise and branded a traitor.

A general and a President

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20 Horatio Nelson Horatio Nelson Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté KB was a British flag officer in the Royal Navy.
21 Subutai

He lead the Mongols to success and one of Genghis Khan's most trusted General - 2storm

I could have sworn this list was for underrated generals.

Two Words: Mongol Empire.

22 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.

23 Nguyen Hue (Quang Trung)
24 Ivan Konev

Much better than Zhukov!

25 Aleksei Brusilov

Responsible for Russia's Brusilov Offensive - Gud_Spud

26 Nathan Bedford Forrest

One of the first generals of the early modern era to understand that speed kills.

27 Paul von Hindenburg
28 George Castriot

Rebelled against ottoman empire and defended successfull ottoman invasions outnumbered at times 10-1 meanwhile having at times to split forces defeat venetians was not defeated or killed died of malaria despite fighting battles with his army not jist directing them saved also Rome from ottoman conquest sorry but how is he never mentioned he did that for 25 years straight talk about underrated

29 Baldwin IV of Jerusalem
30 Belisarius

This guy was able to conquer all of the southern half of Italy and returned the city of Rome to the Eastern Roman Empire with a mere 7,500 men, many of them had to be left as garrisons in the cities he conquered. His genius tactics and innovations in war have won him almost every battle and siege he had fought.

31 Karl Dönitz

I noticed this list is topped by famous and well known commanders. Some of whom are argueably overrated who never faced adversity (Patton much? ). Remember true genius is shown when they face certain or near certain defeat. Such was the case with the greatest naval commander of WWII. Using a fleet dwarfed in size compared to any individual allied nation except the Soviet Union and the Chinese. Karl Dönitz managed to not only able to harass allied shipping but came within 2 months of starving Britain into surrender. His uboats sunk 14.5 MILLION tons of allied shipping. That's over 1600 tons a day or the equivalent of about 200 sherman tanks a day. That far exceeds the military material damage any other land or naval force caused. He was found innocent of all but one crime, unrestricted submarine warfare, which every nation committed.

32 George A. Custer

Just like pattern a war monger

Custer was an idiot!

33 Cyrus the Great
34 Nelson Miles
35 David Farragut David Farragut
36 Erich Lundendorff
37 William Tecumseh Sherman
38 Charles Martel
39 Geronimo Geronimo
40 Red Cloud
41 Crazy Horse Crazy Horse

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

42 Chester Nimitz
43 Vladimir Vazov
44 Hristo Lukov
45 Bai Qi

Greatest general of the Warring States period in China
-Never lost a single battle and often compared to Alexander the Great
-Forever weakened Zhao at Changping
-Defeated Han and Wei coalition at Yique with only half as many soldiers as the Allied forces.
Called Ren Tu (Human Butcher) after killing 890,000 enemies.
-Carved the way for Qin Shi Huangdi to unify China

46 Jean Lannes

This general won the Battle of Jena for Napoleon. He saved Ney from destruction from the Prussians. He also helped Napoleon in Egypt and Spain. He was one of Napoleon 's best friend. Sadly though, he died at the Battle of Aspern Essling, and never written of in history books.

47 Gwanggaeto the Great

In Korea, we have 2 kings that are known as the "great". One is Sejong, who invented the Korean alphabet. The other is Gwanggaeto who took over massive parts of Manchuria, and Korea, and destroyed the Wa nation of Japan. If only the original Korean Unification was done through Goguryeo and not Silla...

48 Hyacinth Graf Strachwitz

Nicknamed the Armored Count/the Panzer Graf.
Brilliant Panzer commander.
Scared the &^*@# out of Soviet commanders for his relentless attacks.

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