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  • History’s 100 Greatest Commanders - Round One - Poll no 3 of 4.

    The March 2008 issue of Armchair General (on news stands NOW) features a list of the 100 greatest military commanders of all time.



    To tie in with this feature article, we are holding a series of polls to find the single greatest commander of all time - according to our readership.

    Here is poll 3 of 4 in the first round of this contest featuring the first 25 commanders in chronological order (or alphabetical order for later eras).

    Details of each commander can be found in the pages of your copy of Armchair General magazine.

    You are able to vote for multiple generals in each poll, but in order that we might get meaningful results, we would ask you to restrict your votes to your top 5 from each poll.

    At the end of this preliminary "elimination" round, we will be taking the top 8 commanders from each poll and then creating brackets to finish the competition like our normal tournaments.

    So who is history's greatest commander? YOU decide!

    Don't forget to vote in the other polls!

    Poll 1.

    Poll 2.

    Poll 4.

    Dr. S.
    267
    Nathan Bedford Forrest
    5.62%
    15
    Ulysses S. Grant
    8.99%
    24
    Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson
    9.36%
    25
    Robert E. Lee
    16.10%
    43
    Helmuth von Moltke
    7.49%
    20
    William T. Sherman
    6.74%
    18
    Heihachiro Togo
    2.62%
    7
    Edmund Allenby
    1.50%
    4
    Ferdinand Foch
    0.75%
    2
    Paul von Hindenburg
    2.62%
    7
    John Jellicoe
    0.37%
    1
    Mustafa Kemal
    1.87%
    5
    Thomas Edward Lawrence
    1.12%
    3
    Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck
    2.62%
    7
    Erich Ludendorff
    3.00%
    8
    William “Billy” Mitchell
    1.87%
    5
    John Monash
    1.12%
    3
    Henri Petain
    0.37%
    1
    John J. Pershing
    5.62%
    15
    Henry Rawlinson
    0.75%
    2
    William Robertson
    0.00%
    0
    Vasily Chuikov
    4.49%
    12
    Karl Doenitz
    2.25%
    6
    Hugh Dowding
    1.50%
    4
    Dwight D. Eisenhower
    11.24%
    30

    The poll is expired.

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  • #2
    Ahh...much more familiar ground here, picked Ike, Lee, Grant, Sherman and Chuikov!

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    • #3
      Grant: Won the Civil War, his 1863 Vicksburg plan was pure genius, he blunted Lee's ability to carry offensive warfare in two battles, and lost few battles.

      Lee: He defeated so many opponents, that it took the Union 5 times to find a man who could beat him.

      Jackson: Although suffering several setback, his Valley Campaign was among the most brilliant in the CW.

      Forrest: He never lost a battle, and forced several units larger then him to surrender.

      Eisenhower: Launched the offensive that destroyed Nazi German.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Iron Brigade View Post
        Eisenhower: Launched the offensive that destroyed Nazi German.
        Bagration?
        If you can't set a good example, be a glaring warning.

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        • #5
          Moltke helped Prussia defeat Austria and France! And for his leadership in those wars, he gets my vote.
          "Let arms yield rank to the toga of peace." -Cicero

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          • #6
            Doh! I am such an idiot. I got all caught with ACW and WWI, and totally neglected Ike! How stupid!

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            • #7
              Another tough group.

              Grant
              Lee
              Mustafa Kemal
              von Lettow-Vorbeck
              Chuikov

              For those who don't know Kemal, here's a link:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mustafa_Kemal
              Last edited by R. Evans; 01 Feb 08, 14:48.
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              • #8
                Where is Arthur Currie the best general in the western front. The only general who could take Vimy Ridge. Who took Passendale? The General who stood up to Haig and disobeyed his stupid orders on the Canal Du Nord and instead of a frontal assualt in daylight planed and excuted a night crossing catching the Germans by surprise.

                The General who surprised the Germans at the Battlke of Amiens advancing 8 miles in single day.

                The German general Erich Ludendorff described the first day of Amiens as the "Schwarzer Tag des deutschen Heeres" ("the black day of the German Army"
                Currie the Inventor of the Creeping Barrage
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                • #9
                  Civil war not my strong siut, but here we go anyways...


                  Grant.

                  Lee.

                  Chuikov.

                  Forrest.

                  and Ludendorff

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                  • #10
                    Grant
                    Lee
                    Monash
                    von Lettow-Vorbeck
                    Rawlinson
                    Chuikov
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by RichardS View Post
                      Grant
                      Lee
                      Monash
                      von Lettow-Vorbeck
                      Rawlinson
                      Chuikov
                      I'm glad someone else picked Monash. He gets overlooked way too much in my opinion!

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                      • #12
                        Monash?

                        Monash would have been overlooked a lot more if he had not wrote his memoirs praising the best general in World War 1. Guess who it was?

                        Pruitt
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TankBrigade View Post
                          Moltke helped Prussia defeat Austria and France! And for his leadership in those wars, he gets my vote.
                          That's why I voted for him.

                          My top 5 ( in no particular order ):

                          Robert E. Lee
                          Helmuth von Moltke
                          von Lettow-Vorbeck
                          Ludendorff
                          Hindenburg
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Pruitt View Post
                            Monash would have been overlooked a lot more if he had not wrote his memoirs praising the best general in World War 1. Guess who it was?

                            Pruitt
                            I never read his memoirs, just different books on Gallipoli. In general I try to stay in memoirs. Most anyone who is willing to sit down and write them is too far from objective.

                            I reckon he's a pretty impressive guy!

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                            • #15
                              Heather,

                              Those books about Gallipoli were written after he published his memoir. It was pretty hard to find much that went right at Gallipoli. I am more impressed with his work in France. That is where the first team was playing.

                              Pruitt
                              Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

                              Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

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