created by: Gottfried | Jan 27, 2013

Albuquerque, NM

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Who Was The Greatest General in American History?

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  • Washington
  • Jackson
  • Scott
  • Lee
  • Forrest
  • Grant
  • Sherman
  • Pershing
  • MacArthur
  • Eisenhower
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Gottfried

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I'd like to put in a good word for Schwarzkopf.
Demosthenes

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You forgot the greatest General-Renaissance Man of the US Armed Forces in the 20th century:

George Smith Patton, 11/11/1885 - 12/11/1945
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If you asked him, Douglaa MacArthur would tell you he was. But; I'll go with Omar Bradley.
Hagar

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Jan 28, 2013
 
Bradley & MacArthur were great, but Pershing and Patton were real troop leaders as well as great generals.

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Jan 29, 2013
 
Demosthenes wrote:
You forgot the greatest General-Renaissance Man of the US Armed Forces in the 20th century:
George Smith Patton, 11/11/1885 - 12/11/1945
That's what I was thinking.

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When I was in the Navy, the greatest General was General Quarters!
Gottfried

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According to other Generals, such as Lee, Sherman, and Grant, and most historians, it was Nathan Bedford Forrest.
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I go for Washington. He lost most of his battles but won the war.
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marco wrote:
I go for Washington. He lost most of his battles but won the war.
arguing with your other self.
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TheatreTech01 wrote:
If you asked him, Douglaa MacArthur would tell you he was. But; I'll go with Omar Bradley.
Excellent analysis.

Yes, MacArthur thought he was the Imperator after he crushed the WWI veterans' Bonus strike in the early thirties. And he had a glimmer of glory at Inchon before his strategies were found by Truman to be bereft.

But his greatest accomplishment was when he was overlord of Nippon after WWII. He was a magnanimous giant, preserving the ghost of Hirohito and the well launched ego of the Japanese.

In my opinion, MacArthur will go down in history as a Titan in his own mind.

I may be wrong, but I see generals in American history who actually accomplished something. And it ain't him.
todd Q

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Feb 2, 2013
 
General Assault

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General Electric...and they STILL don't pay taxes!
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Apr 22, 2013
 
All of these men were great in one way or anothre. Eisnehower was a great organizer of logistics, stratigic planner and politician and Thomas Jackson was a tactician without peer. Scott and Pershing were great managers and great leaders of and selectors of men, but they both had lots of resource. Forrest never commanded a large force and was more of a raider, so comparing him to the others is like comparing apples to oranges. Lee and Sherman had almost infinitely more resources than their opponents and still lost huge numbers of men, so they really were not nearly as good as people seem to think.(Let's just say about Grant and Sherman, that lots of leaders woul dhave been able to drive a small nail using a 10,000 lb drop hammer.) This leaves what is obvious to all those who are well read in American history, and that is with Washington, Lee and MacArthur.

I think Douglass MacArthur is woefully underappreciated. Anytime he had resources to act, his plans were quickly successful without a single failure. His plans were always brilliant and he never failed once... not once. Lee and Washington both did more with less than any other two generals in the history or the world, not just the USA. Washington was probably the least able of three but in terms of character and leadership, he was without equal.(As a side note Washington would have had the likes of Bill Clinton in permanent stocks as a scoundral... really!) Lee and MacArthur were also men of great character (both of whom would also have had Clinton in the stocks) but both were uniquely brilliant. To pick one of these three above the others, I cannot do. So I will simply say that MacArthur, Lee and Washington were the best commanders in US history. This is my final order.

1. Lee, MacArthur and Washington(tie - alphabetically listed

4. Pershing (incredible and brilliant leader)
5. Jackson (one of best tacticians in American history)
6. Scott (great leader, but gave most of the credit to Lee)
7. Eisenhower (probably didn't make strategy on his own)
8. Sherman (had lots of resources)
9. Grant (unskillfully sacrificed huge numbers of men to accomplish goals)
10. Forrest (not enough info to rank higher)
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Apr 25, 2013
 
General Mills! A Cherrio ole lad he was.
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Apr 26, 2013
 
Powell. QED.
Citizen

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Apr 26, 2013
 
TheatreTech01 wrote:
If you asked him, Douglaa MacArthur would tell you he was. But; I'll go with Omar Bradley.
I think they were asking for THE BEST not the most popular and decent of the bunch. In wars, like in life, nice guys finish last.

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