Here are the 8 Most Brilliant Military Commanders in History

Their battlefield prowess was legendary

Here are the 8 Most Brilliant Military Commanders in History
Here are the 8 Most Brilliant Military Commanders in History
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William the Conqueror
William the Conqueror
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William the Conqueror

William the Conqueror was a fearless leader of the Normans who famously invaded England in the 11th-century ¹. This was the final time that England was dominated and conquered by a foreign power. William was most known for hammering the English at the battle of Hastings. Following this decisive victory, his army marched on London.

Ghengis Khan
Ghengis Khan
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Ghengis Khan

The mighty Mongol Empire was created and ruled by Ghengis Khan². It remains the largest contiguous empire in the history of humankind — most of which was a considerable portion of Asia.

Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon Bonaparte
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Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon was one of the most famous military leaders. He was a flamboyant general whose popularity grew during the French Revolution³.

Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
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Julius Caesar

As one of the most well-known people on this list, Julius Caesar has always been considered as a great leader of the Ancient Roman Empire⁴. But what is often overlooked was his prowess as a great military commander. In the Roman Republic, many aspiring political leaders would serve in the military for two reasons: 1) to prove their leadership skills, and 2) earn their fortune from the booty they captured.

Cyrus the Great
Cyrus the Great
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Cyrus the Great

Cyrus the Great was a remarkable leader who created the Achaemenid Empire around 550 BCE through his amazing military conquests⁵. This empire was established in Persia and extended from the Indus River to the Aegean Sea. This empire originated when Cyrus the Great conquered the powerful nations of Babylonia and Lydia. Even the Holy Bible credits Cyrus with freeing the Jewish people from slavery in Babylonia.

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Alexander the Great

The accomplishments of Alexander the Great were mostly extraordinary because most of them had been achieved before he reached the age of 30⁶. Even more impressive was that he was also the King of his nation and not just a military commander. He was notorious for picking up his sword and joining his soldiers on the battlefield.

Robert E Lee
Robert E Lee
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Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee is the most recent commander on this list. During the Civil War, his value as an effective leader was immediately recognized as he was given control of the rugged Northern Army of Virginia⁷.

Hannibal Barca
Hannibal Barca
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Hannibal Barca

When it comes to leadership and military genius, it’s hard to find anyone as influential as Hannibal Barca⁸. Hannibal grew up with the primary goal of invading and defeating the hated Romans. After assuming command of the Carthaginian army, he started assembling an invasion force in the Spanish city of New Carthage — which is Cartagena today. This is where he gathered a vast variety of mercenaries, which included his famous battle elephants.

Hannibal Barca elephants
Hannibal Barca elephants
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