Many of the great minds in military history achieved greatness in such different ways. If you needed a commander to lead your army and he could come from any era, who would it be and why?
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You taught me something today, Mab. One of the items on my bucket list is learning more about Chinese military history. It sounds like your man preferred wits and cunning to straight up confrontations. Such is the greatness of the best generals.
Very true. What are some examples of his strategic thinking?
I think his greatest accomplishment was how he overcame the walled island fortress of Tyre. He could've just left it, but instead used technical innovation and doggedness to bring it down. Brilliant commander.
Alexander was a brilliant Commader I agree, I also like the impressive group of generals you've cited are all contenders; please consider the General Temujin, the Genghis Khan. What that man was able to do has yet to be equalled in my view.
True, Khan did build something amazing, but he also benefitted from state-of-the-art tactics and other nations just weren't ready for. Combined with his brutality and cunning, it wasn't hard to see what the Mongols were becoming.
Indeed. Few employed intimidation and scare tactics like Khan. He understood the value of preserving his troops by being brutal and horrific to certain enemies to keep others in line.
It was amazing how contrasting their styles were and yet both had such great success in their era.