Top Ten Most Underrated Military Generals

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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.

If Erwin Rommel and George Patton fought a major campaign, Erwin Rommel would 've won even though George Patton read his book of strategy. Rommel looks calm but in fact he is very rash similar to Patton. He knows how to use his supplies successfully and can make up plans never seen before in history to defeat his foes.

There are few words to describe a great man; but there are even fewer words to describe The Desert Fox. Not only was he respected by his troops and acted like a leader by leading in the front and giving the example; he was also a man that created his own options with scraps and prototypes that he was given. While campaigning in France his armored division was nicknamed The Ghost Division cause Rommel’s superiors didn’t know where he was. He overrun enemy’s positions at every turn giving them no rest, he was ultimately order to halt his advance as supply trucks couldn’t find the division and the line was over stretched and outmanned to maintain him. After this he was send to Africa as General of the Afrika Corps to regain the initiative in the Italian front that had been losing since the war started. With only scraps and prototypes that the German army gave him; he was able to turn the war in Africa leading his troops all over to El Alamain (not once but twice). The first time ...more - lucio

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2 Robert E. Lee 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 ...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

He rocks!

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3 George Cornwallis

HE WAS GOOD RIDER

HEWAS APIOUS MAN HE WAS ALSO BEST ADMINISTATOR HEWAS BETTER RULER THEN CORRUPT POLITICIAN HE HAS UNITED THE GREAT BRITIAN THAT TIME HE WAS ALSO PETRIOT

4 Georgy Zhukov Georgy Zhukov

If it had not been for him at the battle of Stalingrad Russian would have lost the war the Nazis would claim the Russian oil fields and the allies would have lost the war

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 Paul Von Lettow-Vorbeck
6 Julius Caesar 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.

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

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

He isn't underrated. - zxm

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7 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

Military genius

The great Leader

Father of the Turks

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8 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, ...read 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.

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 know some of you may think I'm weird for saying this, or flat-out start arguing with me, but Patton is underrated. I mean, for what he had available, he did amazing things. Read Bill O'Reilly's book, Killing Patton. It has all you need to know in there.

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10 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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The Contenders

11 Khalid ibn al-Walid

A smart battle commander and a great general

The best arab commander

Best general

He is the best ever

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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.

Another great general who is in the top 10 but should be in the top 5... under his leadership he defeated 2 super powers France and the u.s.a... dien bien phu.

13 Owain Glyndwr
14 Svetozar Borojević
15 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.

16 Erich Von Manstein Erich Von Manstein

By far, the best military mind in World War 2 of any nation. It was Manstein's idea to attack France through the Ardennes, as opposed to attempting another invasion of France through the low countries as Germany attempted in World War 1. Since the Germans did the unthinkable, in this case, France ended up surrendering in about 10 weeks, and the British were stranded at Dunkirk as a result of Manstein's tactics.

Had Germany stopped after taking out France and putting Great Britain on the defensive-- as the only remaining power fighting Germany-- the Third Reich would have basically won the war, as a result of Manstein's brilliant approach. Unfortunately, Hitler attempted to take credit for the risky, yet successful strategy of dominating on the western front by early 1940.

Manstein, once again, displayed his brilliance on the eastern front against the Soviets when he faced off against a much larger foe in Zukhov and lured him into a situation that allowed the remaining ...more

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

In my opinion Rommel is pretty overrated so I don't think he should even be on the list let alone number 1. Almost nobody has heard of this guy though. - RegularGuy

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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 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 ...read 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 skilled tactician in battle

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19 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.

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 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.

How is he so low he should be number 1. One of the greatest if not the greatest general of all time and possibly the only one to rival Alexander THe Macendonian in a battle.

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.

23 Cyrus the Great

Created the Greatest Empire in Human history that lasted for 2500 until 1979

24 Ivan Konev

Much better than Zhukov!

25 Aleksei Brusilov

Responsible for Russia's Brusilov Offensive - Gud_Spud

Brusilov should be FIRST on this list, all the other generals at the top weren't underrated they're highly rated and well known. Brusilov's offensive happened at a time when France and Italy were both on verge of collapse from Central Power attacks. Russia up until then, was a joke, they were getting crushed especially by the Germans. The later Canadian attack on Vimmy Ridge, German attacks in Spring of 1918, The Allies Hundred Days Offensive, and The German Britzkeig tactics of WWII ALL were copies of ideas that Brusilov came up with.

Brusilov is one of the most tragic heroes you'll ever hear about, he worked so hard, and executed his brilliant plan so perfectly, and came just one more small break through from ending the war, but he didn't, because he relied on others. Yet even with his allies failing, he still almost managed to defeat the Central Powers by himself.

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26 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.

27 Nathan Bedford Forrest

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

28 George Castriot

Don't know why he isn't higher, he almost defeated the ottoman empire for god's sake, every battle he came up with against the ottomans, he was always outnumbered and he somehow found a way to win the battle. He defeated 100,000 ottoman forces while he only had 15,000. If he survived for a couple of years, the ottomans would have surrely signed a peace treaty with Albania. Also if he was never born, I'm 100 percent sure Europe would be speaking Turkish today if it wasn't for Castriot, he literally weakened the ottomans enough just so the Polish forces could finish them off in Vienna.

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 Crazy Horse Crazy Horse

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

30 Nguyen Hue (Quang Trung)
31 Paul von Hindenburg
32 Baldwin IV of Jerusalem
33 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.

34 George A. Custer

Just like pattern a war monger

Custer was an idiot!

35 William Tecumseh Sherman
36 Nelson Miles
37 Chester Nimitz
38 David Farragut David Farragut
39 Hristo Lukov
40 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...

41 Hyacinth Graf Strachwitz

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

42 Tecumseh

Tecumseh, Shawnee warrior who with the help of General Sir Isaac Brock and the Canadian militia eliminated the American threat in the War of 1812. Thank God - if it wasn't for this guy we'd be speaking American today.

43 Erich Lundendorff
44 Charles Martel
45 Geronimo 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.
46 Red Cloud
47 Vladimir Vazov
48 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

49 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.

50 Nader Shah
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