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How would you rank the greatest US generals?
and for the sake of keeping things civil lets include CSA generals.
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RE: How would you rank the greatest US generals?
Lee
Jackson
Patton
Bradley
Washington

Top 5 in no particular order.
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RE: How would you rank the greatest US generals?
Obvious three choices:

1) Lee
2) Washington
3) Patton

My two you might debate:

4) Pershing. Basically threw the French trench warfare theory out the window and IMO made WWI a war the German's couldn't win.

5) Ridgeway. I Still believe if he had been allowed to push forward in Korea, that country would be Korea and not North Korea / South Korea. He basically held the North Korean army at bay at the parallel and would have driven them down to "next to nothing" in terms of troops and armaments.
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RE: How would you rank the greatest US generals?
McArthur?
06-11-2014 07:00 AM
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RE: How would you rank the greatest US generals?
Eisenhower (SAC Europe)
Jackson (Lee never won without him)
Sherman (thoroughly brutal, but effective)
Mitchell ('Father' of USAF)
Patton (Combat Leadership in Europe)
06-11-2014 07:02 AM
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RE: How would you rank the greatest US generals?
i considered putting Eisenhower on my list.. but I think he was better in terms of dealing with the politics between arguing officers on the battlefield, than he was as a strategist on the battlefield.
06-11-2014 08:31 AM
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RE: How would you rank the greatest US generals?
(06-11-2014 08:31 AM)DaSaintFan Wrote:  i considered putting Eisenhower on my list.. but I think he was better in terms of dealing with the politics between arguing officers on the battlefield, than he was as a strategist on the battlefield.

Ike's capacity at organization and personnel management along with his strategic acumen were why I put him on the list. The only other person during that time frame I think could have pulled off something similar was Marshall.
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RE: How would you rank the greatest US generals?
1) Washington
2) Lee
3) Patton
06-11-2014 11:48 AM
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RE: How would you rank the greatest US generals?
As a strategist or a tactician?
06-11-2014 12:04 PM
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RE: How would you rank the greatest US generals?
Eisenhower was not a great general. He was too busy playing politics to be a good general.
(06-11-2014 07:00 AM)EverRespect Wrote:  McArthur?
MacArthur was an arrogant fool, who lead many men to their deaths, just so he could return to the place where he barely escaped with his life. He could have avoided those deaths and still won the war without all that bloodshed. But he had to fulfill his promise to return to the Philippines, sacrificing thousands of his men to do it.

Screw MacArthur. 03-banghead
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