Friday, December 22, 2017
Here begins a series of blog entries, extracts with commentary from the "The Reader's Companion to Military History".
Lists the subject matter to include but not limited to: "The Ten Greatest Generals", "The Ten Worst Generals", etc.
Lists with only several exceptions as compiled by whom not stated.
Lists without exception sans ranking in any sort of order and as shown in chronological order from most ancient to most recent, top to bottom respectively.
"The Ten Greatest Generals"
* Alexander the Great. [Macedonian]
* Hannibal. [Carthaginian]
* Saladin. [Ayyubid dynasty Egypt]
* Genghis Khan. [Mongol]
* Oda Nobunaga. [Japan]
* Helmuth von Moltke. [Prussian]
* Napoleon. [Bonaparte of course]
* Arthur Wellesley. [Duke of Wellington]
* William T. Sherman. [Union]
* William Slim. [WW2]
VON MOLTKE BY HIS OWN WORDS AND APPRECIATION WOULD NOT HAVE CONSIDERED HIMSELF TO BE A GREAT GENERAL! ACCORDING TO THE MAN HIMSELF HE HAD NOT COMMANDED DURING A RETREAT!!
See further those previous and most recent blog entries here and here the topic of which was the best general of all time.