10 famous military leaders who helped change the world.
Dwight Eisenhower (1890 – 1969) A five star General in US army, Eisenhower was Supreme Allied Commander for the D-Day invasion of occupied Europe (1944-45). Also, successfully oversaw invasion of North Africa (1942). First Supreme Commander of NATO.
Napoleon (1769 – 1821) As Emperor of France 1804-1815, Napoleon’s forces swept across Europe, gaining a hegemony over most of Europe. In many battles, Napoleon overcame numerical inferiority through use of tactics.
Alexander the Great (356 – 323 BC) As King of Macedonia, he established an Empire from the Ionian Sea to the Himalayas in India. Alexander the Great remained undefeated in battle.
Genghis Khan – (1162 1227) From humble beginnings, Genghis Khan conquered Mongolia and China and then created an Empire stretching into Central Europe. His Mongol hordes were unstoppable.
Akbar (1542 – 1605) The third Moghul Emperor, Akbar consolidated his Empire across India, through a series of striking military victories, in the early part of his reign, creating one of most affluent empires of the age.
Constantine the Great (272 – 337) Constantine served as Roman emperor from 306 to 337. He successfully defeated both internal rebellions and consolidated the Roman Empire defeating the Franks, Alamanni, Visigoths, and Sarmatians.
Erwin Rommel (1891 – 1944) ‘The Desert Fox’ was admired by both his troops and enemies developing a reputation for invincibility. He was a commander during the invasion of France (1940) and achieved striking victories in the North Africa desert war.
Julius Caesar (100 BC – 44 BC) Under Caesar, the Roman Empire stretched to its furthers points – crossing the Rhine and into Britain for the first time.
Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) Winston Churchill became Prime Minister in May 1940, when Great Britain alone stood against Hitler. With stirring speeches, Churchill rallied the population and quashed those who wanted to make a deal with Hitler.
General Patton (1885 – 1945) US Commander during Second World War, Patton distinguished himself in Africa, Sicily and in the liberation of Frances – especially during the Battle of the Bulge.
Other Great Military Leaders include:
- Ataturk – Turkish general in First World War. Helped defeat Allied forces at Gallipoli
- Attila the Hun
- Boudicca – (30AD – )Led Britons in revolt against Roman rule. Initially very successful in revolt before being defeated at the Battle of Watling Street
- Charlemagne (748 AD – 812) – Expanded the Frankish kingdoms to unite much of Europe (France, Germany and Italy) under one rule.
- Saladin (1138-1193) – Defeated European Crusaders. Became well respected by even his adversaries
- George Washington (1732-1799)- Military campaigner of American forces in the war of Independence.
- Duke of Wellington (1769 – 1852) – British Commander defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815
- Bernard Montgomery – Helped turned the tide of the Second World War at the Battle of El Alamein
- Robert the Bruce – Fought the English during the Scottish wars of independence, gaining the right to become King of an independent Scotland
- T.E. Lawrence
- King Arthur
- King Alfred
- Douglas Haig
- Adolf Hitler
- Abraham Lincoln
- Chairman Mao
- Bernard Montgomery
- Lord Nelson
- Joseph Stalin
- George Washington
- William Wallace
- Duke of Wellington