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

    Dr. S.
    319
    Heinz Guderian
    9.40%
    30
    William Halsey
    2.82%
    9
    Arthur Harris
    0.63%
    2
    Ivan Konev
    0.63%
    2
    Curtis LeMay
    1.88%
    6
    Douglas MacArthur
    3.76%
    12
    Carl Gustav Emil Mannerheim
    3.45%
    11
    Eric von Manstein
    7.84%
    25
    Bernard Montgomery
    2.19%
    7
    Chester Nimitz
    6.27%
    20
    George S. Patton, Jr.
    10.66%
    34
    Konstantin Rokossovsky
    1.88%
    6
    Erwin Rommel
    7.84%
    25
    William Slim
    7.21%
    23
    Holland M. Smith
    0.94%
    3
    Raymond Spruance
    2.19%
    7
    Isoroku Yamamoto
    3.13%
    10
    Tomoyuki Yamashita
    1.57%
    5
    Georgi Zhukov
    7.84%
    25
    Moshe Dayan
    4.08%
    13
    Vo Nyuyen Giap
    4.70%
    15
    Harold G. “Hal” Moore
    2.82%
    9
    Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller
    2.82%
    9
    Matthew B. Ridgway
    1.88%
    6
    Mao Zedong
    1.57%
    5

    The poll is expired.

    Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.

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  • #2
    No-one posting?

    OK, I'll go...I included Dayan in my voting. I mean, the man must be great, he had an eyepatch!

    Dr. S.
    Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.

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    • #3
      Where is Isaac Brock?

      Arthur Currie?
      FoxNEWS "The World is unfair and we are running scared"

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      • #4
        Had to pick Hal Moore, although he has very little to do in this poll to be honest, never commanded more than a brigade in combat. Frederick Weyand or Stanley Larsen would have been a much better choices for US Generals of the Vietnam era.

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        • #5
          Dammit! I wanted to select Rokossovsky but didn't see him until it was too late.

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          • #6
            Douglas McArthur: Defeated the Rising Sun.

            Patton: Destroyed the German Drive in North Africa.

            Rommel: A superb German Commander, that was only defeated when Patton came on the scene.
            History of War Podcast

            Episode 1: Why Study Military History?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Iron Brigade View Post
              Douglas McArthur: Defeated the Rising Sun.
              The US Navy was there also.

              Originally posted by Iron Brigade View Post
              Patton: Destroyed the German Drive in North Africa.
              Patton wasn't at El Alamien.

              Originally posted by Iron Brigade View Post
              Rommel: A superb German Commander, that was only defeated when Patton came on the scene.
              They never fought.
              If you can't set a good example, be a glaring warning.

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              • #8
                A general to defeat the United States in the 20th century? It may have been unheard of up until General Giap.
                "Let arms yield rank to the toga of peace." -Cicero

                "People complain about official corruption, but that's nothing compared with our criminal waste of time." -From Ikiru

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                • #9
                  It came down to Ridgway v. Puller for the last vote and I had to ask who I would rather follow?

                  Puller

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                  • #10
                    The toughest group yet.

                    MacArthur
                    Mannerheim
                    Patton
                    Zhukov
                    Dayan(as the Sinister one said, he has an eyepatch)
                    Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

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                    • #11
                      I see I'm the only one so far to plump for Arthur Harris. I can understand why - controversial figure. But he took the concept of total war to its logical conclusion, hence my vote.

                      I am now donning my flame retardant suit.

                      Dr. S.
                      Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Boonierat View Post
                        Had to pick Hal Moore, although he has very little to do in this poll to be honest, never commanded more than a brigade in combat.
                        I passed on Moore for the same reason. Then I noticed the poll was titles "Greatest Commanders" not "Greatest Generals." Now I wish I could vote all over again....
                        "This life..., you know, "the life." You’re not gonna get any medals, kid. This is not a hero business; you don’t shoot people from a mile a way. You gotta stand right next to them... blow their heads off."

                        BoRG

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                        • #13
                          In no particular order

                          Zhukov
                          Halsey
                          Rokossovsky
                          Slim
                          Yamamoto
                          Yamashita
                          Eagles may fly; but weasels aren't sucked into jet engines!

                          "I'm not expendable; I'm not stupid and I'm not going." - Kerr Avon, Blake's 7

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RichardS View Post
                            In no particular order

                            Zhukov
                            Halsey
                            Rokossovsky
                            Slim
                            Yamamoto
                            Yamashita
                            thats six, which one of these did you vote for?

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                            • #15
                              this one is tough too...

                              Slim.

                              Manstein.

                              Zuhkov.

                              Mannerheim.

                              Patton.

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