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The 15 Best Military Commanders In Human History

What defines the greatest commander? Obviously, the barometer has shifted over the past thousand years, and it's difficult to judge ancient heroes against generals of today. For our list, we took into account how long they commanded, what significant battles they won, their contributions to the field of strategy, the size of the territory they held or conquered, and their lasting legacy in historiography. Looking back from the Ancient Greeks through the 20th century, these are the 15 best...

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    The 15 Best Military Commanders In Human History, Ranked

    The 15 Best Military Commanders In Human History, Ranked

    What defines the greatest commander? Obviously, the barometer has shifted over the past thousand years, and it's difficult to judge ancient heroes against generals of today. For our list, we took into account how long they commanded, what significant battles they won, their contributions to the field of strategy, the size of the territory they held or conquered, and their lasting legacy in historiography. Looking back from the Ancient Greeks through the 20th century, these are the 15 best...

    The Most Overrated And Underrated Military Commanders Of All Time

    The Most Overrated And Underrated Military Commanders Of All Time

    Every dorky armchair general knows how they would've fought and won history's most famous battles, as well as which commanders throughout history were great and which were awful. But as is always the case, misinformation abounds. Some generals are undeservedly worshiped as pioneering geniuses when they might've lost as often as they won, or when their subordinates or enemy stupidity might be as responsible for their famous victories as they themselves. Other military leaders — who are forgotten or maligned as failures — might deserve a lot more credit than they usually get.

    Forgotten Union Generals From The American Civil War

    Forgotten Union Generals From The American Civil War

    For those who have studied United States history or are passionate Civil War buffs, the names of the best American Civil War generals are as familiar as the names of Hollywood stars or sports icons are to others. Of course, not everyone has studied history in-depth or is a Civil War buff. It's safe to assume that, for some, the only names that might ring a bell are those of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee as well as perhaps some of the heavy hitters such as George McClellan, Stonewall Jackson, and William Tecumseh Sherman. After all, a 2015 survey by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni demonstrated that many, even in America, don't even know the basics about the Civil War: Only half of Americans could correctly identify when the Civil War took place, while only 18% knew the purpose of the Emancipation Proclamation.

    Alexander The Great's Father Changed The Military Forever. Here's How

    Alexander The Great's Father Changed The Military Forever. Here's How

    Believing himself to be a direct descendant of Hercules, the son of Zeus, Philip II was empowered to change the face of warfare. His brief imprisonment by the Thebans exposed him to the organization and military strategies of the great generals Epaminondas and Pelopidas. He drew from these insights while reorganizing his armed forces. Philip II concentrated on improving his infantry. First he standardized and provided weaponry to his soldiers. They were equipped with a smaller, lighter shield and a longer spear. Second, he trained his foot soldiers to employ the phalanx formation (via Weapons and Warfare). Third, he drastically increased the size of his forces to 10,000 or more.

    Battles That Changed The Course Of History

    Battles That Changed The Course Of History

    Throughout history, few things have shaped the world like wars. From the blood-soaked clashes of ancient armies using primitive handcrafted weapons, to the highly computerized drone warfare of today, the human urge to fight has long been a part of society. Many of the biggest names in history owe their stature to their ability to lead armies into war, and some of history's greatest leaders have also been some of its finest warriors.

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    Bringing you details on the wars that have changed history and informed our future. We cover everything from the civil war to cold war, and on the countries and people involved.

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