Top Ten Most Underrated Military Generals2storm
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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.V 9 Comments
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 historyV 1 Comment
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
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
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. - zxmV 2 Comments
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.
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
Very very smart
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. - zxmV 2 Comments
A smart battle commander and a great general
The best arab commander
He shouldn't be here,the best warrior that ever set foot on earth...the blood of the enemy is his waterV 3 Comments
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,V 3 Comments
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.V 1 Comment
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.
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.V 1 Comment
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
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.
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 PresidentV 5 Comments
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.
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.
Much better than Zhukov!
Responsible for Russia's Brusilov Offensive - Gud_Spud
One of the first generals of the early modern era to understand that speed kills.
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
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.
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.
Just like pattern a war monger
Custer was an idiot!
A great warrior who like many where tricked and murders by the white man.
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
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.
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...
Nicknamed the Armored Count/the Panzer Graf.
Brilliant Panzer commander.
Scared the &^*@# out of Soviet commanders for his relentless attacks.
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