The greatest general in history?

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    Who do you think it is? Why?

    My vote would have to be for Hannibal, a peerless commander who nearly ended Rome (and he very well may have had he not been resisted by his political enemies at Carthage who prevented his army from getting money, reinforcements, supplies, etc.).
     
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    It's a moot point considering the evolution of warfare. Take the Celtic chieftain in your avi and compare his battles and tactics against Rome using what was availabe at the time with the US Army's European objectives in WWII. Too many factors and parallel drawing to contend with.
     
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    Robert E. Lee because his tactics are still taught at the War College.
     
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    Hannibal kept an army in enemy territory for 17 years. That's an extremely tough thing to do. Alexander also deserves a mention other then the homosexual bullshit that they try to project today. He was a solid leader as was his father, neither of which were homosexual. Genghis Khan while often overlooked was an incredible leader and possessed amazing organizational skills. He was also unmatched in his brutality which makes for a terrible human being but a very effective conqueror. Modern generals I liked Heinz Guderian who's armored tactics are still in use today as the basis for all modern armies.

    Overall it is to tough for me to call. As mentioned above Robert E. Lee was also an exceptional leader and he was asked to lead the Union Army when the war broke out. He refused and went home.
     
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    General Issimo?
     
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    Alex "Zander" the great...by a mile!!!!

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    Hannibal was a great general, as was Lee, Alexander was a great general... Did Alexander ever make Hephaestion an honest man?


    My vote goes to:


     
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    Hannibal obliterated army after army that the Romans sent after him, culminating at Cannae, which was the greatest defeat that the Romans ever suffered in their entire history (8 legions plus an equal number of allied support troops virtually destroyed). What's not mentioned but is true is that Hannibal also inspired the Romans to modify their strategy and tactics, transforming the Roman military into a far more effective force than it was before the Second Punic War began.
     
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    Nathen B. Forrest
     
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    Seconded

    "No damn man kills me and lives" N. B. Forrest
     

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