Thursday, March 21, 2019
Never heard of this man before.
Think not Nelson of Copenhagen. Think not Nelson of the Nile. Think not Nelson of Trafalgar.
Think rather Ushakov the Russian. Naval commander the combat record of which exceeded Nelson?
Indeed, a case could be made that this Ushakov is the most brilliant and accomplished military commander of all time?
From the Internet web site Russian Insider and thanks to same:
"40 Naval Battles - He Won Them All - The Brilliant Russian Admiral Ushakov"
"He fought 40 battles without defeat and put the British Lord Nelson to shame."
"Fyodor Fyodorovich Ushakov . . . was the most illustrious Russian naval commander and admiral of the 18th century."
Further from the wiki:
"Distinguishing features of Ushakov's tactics were: use of * unified marching and fighting orders; * resolute closing to close quarters with the enemy forces without evolution of a fighting order; * concentration of effort against enemy flagships; * maintaining a reserve (Kaiser-flag squadrons); * combination of aimed artillery fire and maneuvering; and * chasing the enemy to its total destruction or capture. Giving great value to sea and fire training of his staff, Ushakov was a supporter of generalissimo Suvorov's principles of training for sailors and officers. Ushakov's innovations were among the first successful developments of naval tactics, from its 'line' to maneuvering concepts."
THOSE COMMANDERS RECOGNIZED AS GREAT CAPTAINS NORMALLY MILITARY LEADERS ONLY OF LAND FORCES. NAVAL COMMANDERS GIVEN SHORT SHRIFT.
Alexander the Great and Horatio Nelson those two military commanders only normally as historically recognized as having been undefeated during their careers.
Ushakov also in a league with an Alexander or a Nelson and perhaps even beyond? Ushakov however his accomplishments unheralded and unrecognized. Until now?