Factual Friday

100 commanders

Welcome back to Factual Friday!! I picked up a book at Barnes & Noble called “Victory: 100 Great Military Commanders” by Nigel Cawthorne so I thought I would share the list with you and get your thoughts. I know, this is less factual and more subjective, but I found the list interesting.

They’ve broken into historical time periods but here’s the list:

  1. The Ancients
    1. Leonidas of Sparta
    2. Sun Tzu
    3. Alexander the Great
    4. Hannibal
    5. Scipio Africanus
    6. Gaius Marius
    7. Pompey
    8. Julius Cesaer
    9. Marcus Agrippa
    10. Augustus Octavian
    11. Arminius
    12. Claudius
    13. Trajan
    14. Constantine I
    15. Alaric I
    16. Flavius Aetius
    17. Attila the Hun
    18. Belisarius
  2. The Anglo-Saxons & Vikings
    1. Alfred the Great
    2. Athelstan
    3. Cnut I
    4. Harold II
  3. The Middle Ages
    1. Charles Martel
    2. Charlemagne
    3. El Cid
    4. Saladin
    5. Richard I (Lionheart)
    6. Genghis Khan
    7. Alexander III of Scotland
    8. Edward I
    9. Edward III
    10. Edward the Black Prince
    11. Tamerlane
    12. Henry V
  4. Sweden’s Warrior Kings
    1. Gustavus II of Sweden
    2. Charles XII of Sweden
  5. 17th Century England & Scotland
    1. Oliver Cromwell
    2. Sir Thomas Fairfax
    3. Prince Rupert
    4. William of Orange
    5. John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough
    6. John Churchill, Duke of Argyll
    7. Charles Stuart
    8. William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland
  6. The Napoleonic Era
    1. Lord Horatio Nelson
    2. Sir John Moore
    3. Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington
    4. Napoleon Bonaparte
    5. Michel Ney
  7. The British Empire
    1. Lord Howard of Effingham
    2. Sir Francis Drake
    3. James Wolfe
    4. Shaka Zulu
    5. Sir Colin Campbell
    6. Charles Gordon
  8. The American War of Independence & Civil War
    1. George Washington
    2. Andrew Jackson
    3. Robert E. Lee
    4. William T. Sherman
    5. Ulysses S. Grant
    6. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson
  9. Native America
    1. Cochise
    2. Red Cloud
    3. Crazy Horse
  10. Prussia
    1. Frederick the Great
    2. Graf Helmuth von Moltke
    3. Prince Otto van Bismark
    4. Alfred von Tirpitz
  11. The First World War
    1. Paul von Hindenburg
    2. John Joseph Pershing
    3. Earl Douglas Haig
    4. Viscount Edmund Allenby
    5. Sir Henry Rawlinson
    6. Erich Ludendorff
    7. Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck
    8. Kemal Ataturk
  12. The Second World War
    1. Carl Gustav Mannerheim
    2. Gerd von Rundstedt
    3. Douglas MacArthur
    4. Archibald Wavell
    5. Viscount Alanbrooke
    6. Yamamoto Isoroku
    7. George S. Patton
    8. Erich von Manstein
    9. Bernard Law Montgomery
    10. Heinz Guderian
    11. Dwight D. Eisenhower
    12. Erwin Rommel
    13. Harold Alexander
    14. William Slim
    15. Omar Bradley
    16. Georgy Zhukov
    17. Ivan Konev
    18. Vasily Chuikov
    19. Orde Wingate
    20. Sir David Stirling
  13. The Modern Age
    1. Vo Nguyen Giap
    2. Moshe Dayan
    3. Norman Schwarzkopf
    4. Colin Powell

Now, there literally is no listing of the criteria used to determine who made the list and who didn’t so my first question was – is this straight Army but not Air Force or Navy? Because I’m surprised Chester Nimitz and Ernest King aren’t listed but they are Navy Admirals. What are your thoughts? Any surprises on the list?

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