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Top 10 Military Leaders of all time

Posted by topper10 on November 25, 2008

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Since the beginning of time, military leaders have either led to a society’s expansion or its ultimate downfall. Many leaders lost touch with what they were empowered to do and some gained more and more ambition with each victory. Following is a list of the Top 10 Military Leaders of All Time. These leaders all commanded troops in battle and were feared by their enemies and revered by all.

Alexander the Great, also known as Alexander III, was an Ancient Greek king of Macedon during the time of 336–323 BC. Alexander is considered the most successful military leader of all time, sporting an undefeated battle record. Upon his death, Alexander had conquered most of the world then known to the ancient Greeks.

2. Julius Caesar


Formally known as Gaius Julius Caeser, Caesar was a powerful Roman military and political leader. Caesar’s influence and power during his time led to an enormous expansion of his rule. He is considered to be one of the most influential men in world history and played an instrumental role in the change from the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.

3. Hannibal


Hannibal was a Carthaginian military commander and tactician who is frequently considered as one of the most prolific commanders in history. Hannibal’s lead led to the supremacy over other great powers like Macedon, Carthage, Syracuse and the Seleucid empire. Hannibal is the best known Carthaginian commander and his most famous accomplishments include his domination of the Second Punic War during which he used war elephants in his forces.

4. Richard the Lionheart


Richard the Lionheart or Richard the I was King of England from 1189-1199. Richard spent the majority of his time on the thrown away from his kingdom as he personally led the expansion of his empire as he controlled much of France. Richard participated in the Third Crusade launching campaigns against Sicily and Cyprus on the way.

5. Napoleon


Napoleon I or Napolean Bonaparte served as a general during the French Revolution and was the rule of France as First Consul. Napolean was also the King of Italy, Protector of the Confederation of the Rhien and the Mediator of the Swiss Confederation.

6. George S. Patton


Known as the General, George S. Patton lead the United States Army through World War II in difficult campaigns in North Africa, France, Sicily and Germany. During World War I, Patton server as a seniro commander of the newly appointed tank corps and was employed in action in France.

7. Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong was a Chinese military and political leader, who led the Communist Party of China (CPC) to victory against the Kuomintang (KMT) in the Chinese Civil War, and was the leader of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. He is held in high regard in China where he is often portrayed as a great revolutionary and strategist who eventually defeated Chiang Kai-shek in the Chinese Civil War, and transformed the country into a major power through his Maoist policies.

8. Georgi Zhukov


Georgi Zhukov was a Soviet military commander who during the course of World War II, led his Red Army to liberate the Soviet Union from the occupation of the Axis Powers’. He then took the army further through much of Eastern Europe, ultimately conquering Germay’s capital, Berlin.

9. Stonewall Jackson


Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson is considered the most revered and skilled commander during the Civil War. He is very famous for his Valley Campaign of 1862. His life ended in tragedy when his own troops accidentally shot him and he died a short while later. Historians of military history frequently consider Jackson to be one fo the most talented tactical commanders in U.S. history.

10. Horatio Nelson


Horatio Nelson was an English admiral famous for his lead and dominance during the Napoleonic Wars, especially the battle of Trafalgar, which was a decisive British victory and the battle during which he lost his life. Nelson is often considered one of the most inspirational military leaders of all time. He has been stated as the most revered British general of all time.

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21 Responses to “Top 10 Military Leaders of all time”

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  2. Cump said

    William Tecumseh Sherman was a far better general and strategist than Stonewall.

    • topper10 said

      There are many factors which come into play, when its about deciding the greatest leaders. The list was compiled by few knowledgeable professors. Different people give priority to different traits

    • Isaac said

      Tecumseh Sherman was not better than stonewall Jackson. Jackson never lost a battle and he always led his men in the front.

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  5. Macedon said

    Alexander was Macedonian, not greek!!

  6. DrShroom said

    Nelson can’t have been the most revered British general… he was, as you say, an Admiral. Wellington is probably he most revered general; tho it is, as you say, a matter of opinion

  7. sai said

    I believe your surveys were limited.. I did forget a lot of key figures like ” Genghis Khan, Belarus etc…

  8. wael said

    Who is Khalid Ibn Al-Walid

    Khalid ibn Walid (592-642)also known as Sword of Allah. He is noted for his military prowess, commanding the forces of Prophet Muhammad and those of his immediate successors of the Rashidun Caliphate; Caliph Abu Bakr and Caliph Umar during the Islamic conquest in 7th century.

    In having the distinction of being undefeated in over a hundred battles against the numerically superior forces of the Byzantine Roman Empire, Sassanid Persian Empire, and their allies, he is regarded as one of the finest military commanders in history.

  9. Andy said

    Temujin (Ghengis Khan), Saladin, maybe even Scipio Africanus?

  10. worddreams said

    I have a bit of a different list at USNA or Bust (–although I think I should have included George Patton.

  11. S. James said

    The biographical descriptions, although short are accurate and interesting. No doubt competing lists of names could be constructed without repeating any worthy names. I’d suggest that you watch your spelling carefully – the name of a king’s chair is a T-h-r-o-n-en, not a t-h-r-o-w-n.

  12. Pko said

    Ohh come ON!!! the first 3 leaders are about right, but Patton is before Zhukov ? Patton was a great general but he shouldn’t even be on the top 10, also i would take off Nelson, Jackson, and maybe Zedong. Someone needs to get this list right.! 🙂

  13. dude this list sucks. i agreee with like 3 or 4. you need some history man

  14. Dave said

    Interesting absence of any Japanese or Native American leaders here. While it’s a bit of fun and why not etc etc etc, I think these lists are ultimately meaningless as they’re completely subjective, are unfairly weighted towards the era in which they’re composed, and are shaped by how history/propaganda/hollywood remembers these figures rather than how they actually led and performed.

  15. This List Is Terrible said

    Almost all of these rankings online are terrible.
    You are leaving out quite a few people who deserve to be up there…

    Most notably: Khalid ibn Al-Walid, Subotai and Robert E Lee
    Obscure: Sertorius
    Maybe not top 10 but more deserving then some of the above: Saladin, Duke of Wellington, Duke of Marlborough (see Battle of Blenheim), Shaka, Gustavus Adolphus, Charles XII of Sweden, Genghis Khan (Subotai did much of the work), Scipio Africanus

    Who doesn’t belong up there:
    Mao, Zhukov, Richard the Lionheart

    Do I see somebody

    Patton and Stonewall might have been up there if they lived longer or had more chances to prove themselves. But note that other than his brilliant Shenadoah campaign, his career was somewhat mediocre. Lee may not have been a great strategist (invading the North) but he his use of battlefield tactics was unparalleled in the Am. Civil and perhaps in the world.

    If you are going to include naval leaders… Yi Sun-sin is also a worthy mention.

    I’ll give you this though, you didn’t include Schwarzkopf, who commanded the Allied forces in Desert Storm. Some people actually think the commander of one of the most lop-sided conflicts in history belongs in the top ten.

    My list is admittedly biased off of what history I know, much of which is European history. But clearly you know way less.

    I am not finished…

    Dave… You are being very subjective by complaining only about the absence of Japanese and Native American because of their relation to American History. You are just as much a product of Hollywood.

    Macedon… I really hope you aren’t talking about the hopelessly confused Slavs of present day Macedon who think they descend from the Greeks.

    Cump… William Tecumsah Sherman did what Genghis Khan and Subotai did better, burn all the shit you see.

    And for all who think Patton should be up there…
    -He was a brilliant commander
    -He did participate in a few campaigns
    -He also held an incredible advantage in number
    -His famous sweep of France allowed for the Germans to counterattack in the Ardennes (battle of the bulge) because of overextended supply lines.
    -Advocated the use of the Tank in WW1. Great foresight, but he wasn’t the only one.
    So an exceptional commander, but no.

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