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Author Topic: FOR DISCUSSION: NAME HISTORY'S FIVE GREATEST ARMIES  (Read 108 times)
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« on: January 09, 2017, 12:46:44 pm »

Any era, any continent. If enough responses we can post a list of the top 5 or 10.
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2017, 08:57:52 am »

OK, guess I'll go first:

[1] The Mongol Army

[2] The German Army from 1939 to 1943

[3] the Roman Army [late Republic to @150 AD]

[4] the Imperial Army of Napoleon [1805-1806]

[5] Sherman's Army of the West [1864-1865]

Honorable mention: The Army of Northern Virginia
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2017, 10:11:31 pm »

This list is obviously subjective, but I based my evaluation on results over time.

1.  USA military from 1942 to present.  In a league all their own.  In 3.5 years, they defeated the Axis decisively.  And yes, while Britain and Russia were Allies, neither of these countries would have survived without the largesse of the USA via Lend Lease and the people of America.

2.  Persian Empire  -  1,200 years

3.  Roman Empire  -  500 years

4.  Kingdom of Macedonia  - Alexander the Great was a great leader.  640 years

5.  Spartan Empire  -  700+ years

6.  Mongols

7.  Spanish Empire

7.  British Empire

Note:  Many list the German Army 1939-1945, and Russian Army 1941 to present, and while they fought many great historical battles, they are not on my list.  The Germans were resoundingly defeated and only stood strong for 6 years.  The Russian Army has been a major force in the world, but they simply would not exist if not for #1 on the list.  Had the USA and to an extent Britain not come to the aid of Russia during WWII, Germany would have continued rolling east through Russia, and once Moscow fell, Russia would have quickly collapsed and Stalin would have sued for peace or been defeated.





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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2017, 12:08:43 pm »

1. Roman

2. The Mongol Army

3. British Empire

4. Spanish Empire

5. US Military...when allowed to actually fight.

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