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FReep this Poll: Greatest Military General in History
Internet Poll/Right Handed Pitcher ^ | 9/8/10

Posted on 09/08/2010 2:09:37 PM PDT by therightliveswithus

Vote in our poll: the Greatest General in History

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who is it?
1 posted on 09/08/2010 2:09:39 PM PDT by therightliveswithus
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To: therightliveswithus

Patton!


2 posted on 09/08/2010 2:11:00 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: therightliveswithus

I’m thinking, the general who leads the re-taking of America from the socialist pukes.


3 posted on 09/08/2010 2:11:40 PM PDT by servantboy777
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To: therightliveswithus

Alexander the Great.


4 posted on 09/08/2010 2:11:43 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: therightliveswithus

Alexander? Hannibal? Ghengis Khan?


5 posted on 09/08/2010 2:12:12 PM PDT by csmusaret (The Obama/Pelosi/Reid Cartel has saddled each of my grandchildren with a $44,000 debt.)
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To: therightliveswithus

I went with Alexander the Great. He won every where he went.


6 posted on 09/08/2010 2:13:00 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: therightliveswithus

Patton.

He *understood* war.


7 posted on 09/08/2010 2:13:11 PM PDT by Yet_Again
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To: servantboy777

“I’m thinking, the general who leads the re-taking of America from the socialist pukes.”

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Gonna have to be General Palin, as the menfolk have misplaced their balls.


8 posted on 09/08/2010 2:14:27 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: therightliveswithus

Charles “The Hammer” Martel


9 posted on 09/08/2010 2:14:40 PM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: therightliveswithus

As for Alexander, he had the advantage of playing a bunch of FCS schools. Lee’s leadership was questionable after Jackson’s fall.


10 posted on 09/08/2010 2:14:40 PM PDT by Yet_Again
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To: therightliveswithus; nathanbedford

Thoughts...


11 posted on 09/08/2010 2:14:59 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: therightliveswithus

Grant kicked butt and won the war all while drunk out of his skull.


12 posted on 09/08/2010 2:15:12 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Rahm and George at Doe's when the knife came down)
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To: Yet_Again

“He *understood* war.”

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So you mean, like, he wouldn’t be wringing his nosegay and sniffling over free American citizens burning a koran? (lower case intentional)


13 posted on 09/08/2010 2:17:19 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: therightliveswithus

Patton, that is why he was had to be rubbed out. He knew the true enemy of the USA were International Marxist. He wanted to go into the nest and destroy the hive. He was destroyed instead, an accident don’t ya know. What a great student of war history and loved fighting for freedom.


14 posted on 09/08/2010 2:17:22 PM PDT by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever)
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To: therightliveswithus

William the Conquerer


15 posted on 09/08/2010 2:17:29 PM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: therightliveswithus

Alexander. He ended the chariot as a tool of war by simply putting men in a U shape with spears. Horse avoided the spears, ran into the U and the men closed around the chariot. Just one innovation that allowed him to conquer more than any general in history.


16 posted on 09/08/2010 2:18:08 PM PDT by November 2010
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To: EyeGuy

Precisely. He’d probably be instructing his soldiers to put a little bacon grease on their bullets.


17 posted on 09/08/2010 2:19:09 PM PDT by Yet_Again
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To: therightliveswithus

George Washington???? Not even on the list?


18 posted on 09/08/2010 2:19:11 PM PDT by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: therightliveswithus

Without a doubt John Singleton Mosby.

The Gray Ghost of the Civil War and George Patton III’s mentor in his later years.


19 posted on 09/08/2010 2:19:34 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Fighting the "con" in Conservatism on FR, since 1998.)
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To: PilotDave
George Washington???? Not even on the list?

Sorry, rich white slave owners need not apply. So sayeth the left.

20 posted on 09/08/2010 2:20:37 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Rahm and George at Doe's when the knife came down)
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To: csmusaret
It's a very tough call...probably Hannibal in the ancient days. In modern times, Robert E. Lee; Georgy Zhukov; Erwin Rommel; and yes, Patton, could all be considered.

Zhukov led the largest mass army in history...of course he had General Winter's help at a critical moment.

21 posted on 09/08/2010 2:21:06 PM PDT by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: therightliveswithus
General George Washington beat the greatest empire there ever was.

Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower

22 posted on 09/08/2010 2:24:06 PM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: therightliveswithus
Hannibal Barca of Carthage.

He was an absolute genius when it came to logistics, using small terrain features to his advantage, and getting the enemy to respond to his rhythm (the Musashi advice).

An example of the latter...

Hannibal was being trailed by a Roman army that wanted to keep track of him, but not really give battle (every time the Romans gave battle, they were routed). Every evening as it became time to end the march, the Roman general would find Hannibal in a choice location on a hill. Finally he got sick of it and led an advanced party to scout out the hill towards evening.... exactly as Hannibal expected, and the Roman general led his men into an ambush!

23 posted on 09/08/2010 2:24:41 PM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: dfwgator
Which general led from the front & prevailed against the most powerful military in the world with part-time soldiers, rotten provisions from crooked merchants and no or very little money?

Gotta be George.

24 posted on 09/08/2010 2:25:19 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: therightliveswithus

Field Marshal Erwin Rommel - The Desert Fox.

Although on the wrong side of history - he was a brilliant leader of his men and won battles in spite of Hitler’s insanity.


25 posted on 09/08/2010 2:26:03 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter -God's redemption)
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To: therightliveswithus
Charlemagne
26 posted on 09/08/2010 2:26:24 PM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: EyeGuy

AMEN!

I have often remarked that this country required a serious wake-up call from its periodic idiotic dalliances with leftist “leaders” and suggested that we needed a dedicated Marxist in the White House to rub our noses in the REAL DEAL. We got one with Obama and he may prove to be the best thing that ever happened to the cause of freedom here.

While making that suggestion, my fingers were crossed. On one hand, I feared that the majority of modern-day, government schooled folk and welfare leeches would come to embrace Marxist philosophy and practice and America — the IDEA — would come to an end. On the other hand, I held out hope that my fellow citizens would reject this alien ideology and rebel in a demonstrable way. I thank God that the latter is happening as I write this. The anger and outrage are palpable to even the hard-core leftists now infesting the White House. Barring some catastrophe — which malignant Machiavellians like Rahm “A crisis is too good to waste” Emanuel are fully capable of orchestrating — they will be shown the gate at the next election.

But what has puzzled me most through the run-up to this point (with some notable exceptions of which Georgia’s Dr. Broun and Dr. Price are but two) – is this: WHERE ARE THE PRINCIPLED MEN — REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE — WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN STANDING UP TO THIS GUY?? In order that they might avoid the tough questions inherent in governing this nation, have they shipped so much of THEIR power down Pennsylvania Avenue that they are now AFRAID to reclaim it? Why has it fallen to Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin, Rep. Bachmann, Glenn Beck, Rush, Boortz and a handful of others – in Washington and without — to do the job of those we elected to office – and swore an oath — to guard the Constitution from “...all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC?” They have largely been MIA!

And, while they have been missing, Obama has appointed more czars than the Russians had through their entire history. I asked Chambliss and Isakson (REPUBLICANS from Georgia) if they were just a tad worried that Obama was forming a politbureau here to replace THEM. I’m still waiting for a response that makes sense.

And one final thought as we look forward to replacing the Marxist-n-Thief come 2012: What sort of people have we elected when a small, attractive mother from Alaska named Sarah and the female governor of Arizona have BIGGER CAJONES than the alleged MEN now warming seats and wasting expensive space on that hill at the eastern end of Pennsylvania Avenue?

I’m just asking the question we all should be asking.

Have YOU asked the question?


27 posted on 09/08/2010 2:27:22 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (The upcoming election is the most important in our lifetimes!!! BE THERE!!!!!!!)
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To: Scott from the Left Coast

Which one controled the most territory?


28 posted on 09/08/2010 2:27:39 PM PDT by csmusaret (The Obama/Pelosi/Reid Cartel has saddled each of my grandchildren with a $44,000 debt.)
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To: therightliveswithus

I agree with those who say George Washington, for the reasons given and the fact that he also had to use his wits every day to stay alive. Also used his phenomenal acting ability and unparalleled courage to gather intelligence himself directly from his opponents.

Eisenhower in second place. We really don’t hear enough about the challenges he faced.


29 posted on 09/08/2010 2:29:06 PM PDT by Missouri gal
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To: therightliveswithus

Stonewall Jackson confounded the Yankees every time. I bet Joe Hooker crapped his pants. He also would have seen the significance of Cemetery Ridge and swept it clean before Meade got his main body up.


30 posted on 09/08/2010 2:29:21 PM PDT by RedwM
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To: therightliveswithus

Blackjack Pershing


31 posted on 09/08/2010 2:29:49 PM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: therightliveswithus

Maj Gen Colt

OK, Carroll O’Connor role in Kelly’s Heros. GET MY BOX OF MEDALS!


32 posted on 09/08/2010 2:30:34 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15.)
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To: therightliveswithus

“Hannibal excelled as a tactician. No battle in history is a finer sample of tactics than Cannae. But he was yet greater in logistics and strategy. No captain ever marched to and fro among so many armies of troops superior to his own numbers and material as fearlessly and skillfully as he. No man ever held his own so long or so ably against such odds. Constantly overmatched by better soldiers, led by generals always respectable, often of great ability, he yet defied all their efforts to drive him from Italy, for half a generation. ... As a soldier, in the countenance he presented to the stoutest of foes and in the constancy he exhibited under the bitterest adversity, Hannibal stands alone and unequaled. As a man, no character in history exhibits a purer life or nobler patriotism.”

Theodore Ayrault Dodge


33 posted on 09/08/2010 2:30:43 PM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: frogjerk

It’s a loaded question. Generals learned from their predecessor. The best in my opinion would be either Lee or Washington.


34 posted on 09/08/2010 2:31:09 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: therightliveswithus
'Marse' Robert: Did the most with what he had, moreso than many on the list.
35 posted on 09/08/2010 2:33:48 PM PDT by 45semi ("Islam has bloody borders" - Samuel Huntington)
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To: eyedigress
If I may add....differing circumstances preclude establishing valid criteria.
36 posted on 09/08/2010 2:34:38 PM PDT by verity
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To: Missouri gal
"Eisenhower in second place. "

Eisenhower was a logistician.

Logistics win wars.

Tacticians win battles.

37 posted on 09/08/2010 2:35:13 PM PDT by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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To: therightliveswithus

Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller. Semper fi

After that comes (in no particular order):
George Washington
Genghis Khan
Attila the Hun
Hannibal
Julius Caesar
Alexander the Great
El Cid
George Patton and
Charles Martel.


38 posted on 09/08/2010 2:36:46 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: EyeGuy

My pick too. Best of the bunch in so many facets of military endeavor.


39 posted on 09/08/2010 2:36:58 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: EyeGuy

For ancient history, Alexander retired the trophy. For modern history, Nathan Bedford Forrest would be my pick.


40 posted on 09/08/2010 2:37:57 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: therightliveswithus

I am a bit surprised that Frederick the Great wasn’t at least on that list. His battlefield acheivements are pretty impressive as the leader of a small state and the legacy of the Prussian/German military machine.


41 posted on 09/08/2010 2:38:23 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: therightliveswithus

Genghis Khan, of course. ;-)


42 posted on 09/08/2010 2:38:46 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: RedwM

Yep


43 posted on 09/08/2010 2:42:57 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: therightliveswithus

You have to go with the guy who consistently won against larger, better equiped forces. That is an Alexander, Hannibal, perhaps even a Lee. People may not want to hear it but it also may be the generals of the Rashidun Caliphate who conquired Syria, Egypt and established Islam in that region.

Overall, I’d probably go with Alexander.


44 posted on 09/08/2010 2:43:02 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: therightliveswithus

General Chesty Puller! - “They are in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides by an enemy that outnumbers us 29:1. They can’t get away from us now!”

Paraphrasing just a bit - “We are not retreating! We are fighting in the opposite direction!”


45 posted on 09/08/2010 2:44:52 PM PDT by ExTxMarine (Hey Congress: Go Conservative or Go home!)
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To: ExTxMarine

Gen. Puller - “We are surrounded, that simplifies our problem.”


46 posted on 09/08/2010 2:47:11 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Rahm and George at Doe's when the knife came down)
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To: Mr. Lucky

Forrest was the leader with the most sense about battle and leadership. He led his men in battle and suffered their fates with them. He never was allowed to fight as he wished due to his superiors ignoring his recommendations. Forrest never was allowed to reach his full potential due to his superiors and the sheer situation of the Confederacy. The British honored Forrest with the statue in Memphis, recognizing his ability as a fighter and leader.


47 posted on 09/08/2010 2:48:02 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: therightliveswithus
Saladin, anyone?

Damnit...I was only kidding...stop throwing them rocks

48 posted on 09/08/2010 2:49:34 PM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: Drill Thrawl
As did General Forrest when surrounded...The answer is simple, charge both ways was Forrest's response to Morton when confronted with the fact he had the enemy on front and back.
49 posted on 09/08/2010 2:50:22 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: servantboy777

Goddam Right!!!! My bet’s on that one!!!!


50 posted on 09/08/2010 2:56:13 PM PDT by Gaffer ("Profiling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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