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  • Most "Bloodied General" in History

    By "most bloodied " I mean the general who fought in the most personal combat and/or was wounded the most and continued operational duties. Just a few to start things rolling........(1) Alexander the Great...........(2) Nathan Bedford Forest........(3) Jean Lannes
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    Re: Most "Bloodied General" in History

    Originally posted by Lance Williams
    By "most bloodied " I mean the general who fought in the most personal combat and/or was wounded the most and continued operational duties. Just a few to start things rolling........(1) Alexander the Great...........(2) Nathan Bedford Forest........(3) Jean Lannes
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    • #3
      Adolf Galland of the Luftwaffe; he did not hold the Wounds Badge, but I think he qualifies as far as "personal combat" applies.

      Do you mean personal combat as a General or at any time in his career?
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      • #4
        Re: personal combat

        I mean combat or wounds occurring while a general in rank. Adolf Galland is an excellent example of a warrior of general rank (he just had to conceal much of his latter fighting from his superiors).
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        • #5
          Re: Re: Most "Bloodied General" in History

          Originally posted by Tigersqn
          Gen Lewis B. Puller
          "Chesty" was definately in the thick of things on a regular basis.
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          • #6
            most bloodied General

            Vercingetorix, "King of Five Crowns", the great Celtic leader of Gaul during the 1st Century BC. To my knowledge, the first chieftain to unite many of the Gallic Celt tribes. Always fought at the head of his men and, in Celtic tradition, quite ferociously. Freed and united much of Gaul until defeated in 52 BC by Julius Caesar. It is not explained why, counter to his preference, he took his army into Alesia instead of fighting on the run, as was his style. It is said that once in Alesia, he proclaimed his foreknowledge that Alesia would be his last battle.
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            • #7
              Re: most bloodied General

              Originally posted by hogdriver
              Vercingetorix, "King of Five Crowns", the great Celtic leader of Gaul during the 1st Century BC. To my knowledge, the first chieftain to unite many of the Gallic Celt tribes. Always fought at the head of his men and, in Celtic tradition, quite ferociously. Freed and united much of Gaul until defeated in 52 BC by Julius Caesar. It is not explained why, counter to his preference, he took his army into Alesia instead of fighting on the run, as was his style. It is said that once in Alesia, he proclaimed his foreknowledge that Alesia would be his last battle.
              Too bad he had to be humiliated by the Romans before they finally executed him.
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              • #8
                There was the guy who defended Crete from the Germans.
                Freyberg? A New Zelander?

                He fought in BOTH wars and had many scars

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                • #9
                  Not a general, but

                  Colonel Hans Ulrich Rudel

                  Had one arm in a sling, one leg in a cast, and one leg was prosthetic (IIRC) when he flew his FW190, still in command of his unit, to Germany to surrender it. When he arrived, he knocked an American officer off of his plane for trying to steal his medals.

                  If it must be a general, then

                  John Brown Gordon

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                  • #10
                    I'll add a few more Civil War generals:

                    John Bell Hood (lost both a leg and an arm)

                    Joshua L. Chamberlain (wounded 14 times, I believe)

                    The American Civil War was a lead from the front type of war, so I could probably go on and on...

                    How about Curtis LeMay as well? Went on many missions over Japan as CG of the 20th Air Force.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Janos
                      Not a general, but

                      Colonel Hans Ulrich Rudel

                      Had one arm in a sling, one leg in a cast, and one leg was prosthetic (IIRC) when he flew his FW190, still in command of his unit, to Germany to surrender it. When he arrived, he knocked an American officer off of his plane for trying to steal his medals.

                      If it must be a general, then

                      John Brown Gordon

                      JS
                      A list of Rudels victories, 518 Tanks,700 Trucks, 150 flak and artillery positions, 9 Fighters and Attack aircraft, Battleship October Revolution, Cruiser Marat and 70 landing craft. All in a Stuka. Also the only German soldier to be awarded the Golden Oak Leaves with Diamonds and swords to the Knights Cross.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Tiger1
                        A list of Rudels victories, 518 Tanks,700 Trucks, 150 flak and artillery positions, 9 Fighters and Attack aircraft, Battleship October Revolution, Cruiser Marat and 70 landing craft. All in a Stuka. Also the only German soldier to be awarded the Golden Oak Leaves with Diamonds and swords to the Knights Cross.
                        Sounds like the sort of tally you'd only get in a computer game doesn't it?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Doctor Sinister
                          Sounds like the sort of tally you'd only get in a computer game doesn't it?

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                          I wish I could get that kind of score on a computer game.

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                          • #14
                            While not a general a tip of the hat has to go to Capt John McCulloch of the 95th Rifles. He lost one arm in the pennisula, the other at Waterloo and immediately after discharge from hospital presented himself to Wellington asking to be returned to duty in his regiment.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Doctor Sinister
                              Sounds like the sort of tally you'd only get in a computer game doesn't it?

                              Dr. S.
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                              (My son does it all the time.)

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