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Author Topic: FOR DISCUSSION: WHO IS AMERICA'S GREATEST GENERAL  (Read 89 times)
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PzLdr
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« on: January 09, 2017, 12:28:13 pm »

Name your selection for the greatest American general in U.S history. State your reason for your choice. If there are enough responses, we can make a list of the top 5 or 10.
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2017, 11:19:08 am »

Guess I'll start again. For me it's a tie:

General George Washington:
                   
Lost more than he won. BUT he won the crucial battle of Trenton that kept the Revolution alive, and avoided the annihilation of his Army on several occasions. He kept his force in being until the French joined up, the British tired out, his troops were professionalized to the point where they could stand toe to toe with the redcoats, and he forced Cornwallis' surrender. He also established the principle of civilian primacy over the military that exists to this day [ IMHO, not always the best thing]

General William Tecumseh Sherman:

The first modern general in the United states Army. He saw war as a whole, intertwining both the enemy's forces in the field, and his civilian support. The general who brought maneuver and logistics to the fore. His campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas anticipated, by 80 years the German Blitzkrieg that felled most of Europe. A soldier of great intellect, and diverse interests, Shenrman stands head and above his comtemporaries, and many of his successors.
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2017, 02:22:48 am »

This is difficult.  We have had a number of great generals in the short time the USA has existed.

1.  Gen George Marshall  -  Marshall is heavily responsible for the rise of Gen Dwight Eisenhower, and a major supporter of Gen George Patton, both being on my list as well.  There was Gen Omar Bradley, Gen Matthew Ridgway and a half dozen others that were also notable.  In addition, he tolerated the peacock Gen Douglas MacArthur, who may well not have lasted under someone else.

Marshall was the wizard behind the curtain that lead the USA to victory in just 3.5 years against the formidable Axis nations.

2.  Gen. Robert E. Lee  - in a word, brilliant!  Had the south had any economy other than cotton and tobacco, the outcome of the Civil War could have been very different.  Plus, if the war had a just cause for the south, they would have won.  The war was largely fought over slavery, and anyone with any sense of American morality objected to slavery.

3.  Gen. George Patton

3.  Gen Dwight Eisenhower

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