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Old 04-15-2011, 09:50 AM
 
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Napoleon routinely studied the histories and tactics of the 7 men he deemed the "Greatest Commanders in History". The men were:

1. Alexander the Great
2. Hannibal
3. Julius Caesar
4. Gustavus Adolphus
5. Turenne
6. Prince Eugene of Savoy
7. Frederick the Great

I will take Napoleon's word that he had picked the "best of the best" pre-1800. I think it is fair to add two names to the list of the "Greatest Commanders in History":

8. Napoleon
9. Wellington

Who else deserves to be on the list?
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:18 AM
 
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Napoleon obviously had little use for naval officers.

Here's one for the list - Horatio Nelson.
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:21 AM
 
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Napoleon obviously had little use for naval officers.

Here's one for the list - Horatio Nelson.
Well, if you were French and the subject of great naval commanders came up....yeah.

He also completely ignored the Middle Ages and Renaissance in his list. Personally I think Nelson is a fine addition.
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Old 04-15-2011, 01:11 PM
 
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Stonewall Jackson, if for no other reason than his Shenandoah Campaign
George C. Marshall
Zhukov
Giap
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:13 PM
 
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Stonewall Jackson, if for no other reason than his Shenandoah Campaign
George C. Marshall
Zhukov
Giap
Yeah, how could Napoleon have left those guys off the list?
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:11 PM
 
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What makes a great commander?
Scale of success?Caesar/Napoleon/Nelson/Alexander the Great
Ability to triumph over competent adversaries?Giap
Victory despite odds?Hannibal, Frederick the Great
Ability to command a myriad war organization? Marshall, Napoleon
Abilty to recover an army from defeat and lead to victory?Zhukov
Ability to command despite handicaps in terms of politics, logistics, strategic position?

Not familar with Turrenne, GA, or PESavoy.

Surprise no mentioned of Cortes so he gets my vote.
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:19 PM
 
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Genghis Khan.
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:24 PM
 
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Genghis Khan.
That was going to be my vote, and his grandson Kublai deserves an honorable mention.
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Old 04-17-2011, 07:42 PM
 
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Yeah, how could Napoleon have left those guys off the list?
Didn't realize we were dealing with Napoleon's list. I was just naming great commanders.
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:32 PM
 
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That was going to be my vote, and his grandson Kublai deserves an honorable mention.
As does Subutai. I believe he was undefeated, or at least nearly so.
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