View Poll Results: Who was the better General?

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  • August von Mackensen

    2 14.29%
  • Henri-Phillipe Petain

    1 7.14%
  • John Monash

    5 35.71%
  • Arthur Currie

    2 14.29%
  • Marie Fayolle

    0 0%
  • Oskar von Hutier

    1 7.14%
  • Edmund Allenby

    2 14.29%
  • Herbert Plumer

    0 0%
  • Paul Maistre

    0 0%
  • Horace Smith-Dorrien

    1 7.14%
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Thread: Who was a better General?

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    Who was a better General?

    Ok how about we try WW1 this time.
    Last edited by Speedy; 05 Jan 08, at 14:18.

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    what no Von Lettow Vorbeck?

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    Yep no Vorbeck, I wanted to stick with those that served in the main theatres of war and he spent the whole war East Africa.

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    What's the point?
    What I don't want to see is the Bills winning a Super Bowl. As long as I'm alive that doesn't happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironduke View Post
    What's the point?

    About the same as all the other polls here, have a bit of fun and promote discussion.

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    Where's Brusilov? If Greeks and Turks can patrioteer and get away with it, why can't you indulge a sad lonely Russian a little bit?

    No seriously. Brusilov was a pretty good general.

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    I honestly don't know enough about the Russian side, so they got left out sorry.

    Is there a way to edit polls?
    I will put him in for you if I can.
    Last edited by Speedy; 05 Jan 08, at 14:19.

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    Yeah, it'd be great if you can put in Brusilov and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk!

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    I left Kemal Pasha out as other than Gallipoli his performance in WW1 was nothing spectaular.

    Don't get me wrong he is a great historical figure , father of modern Turkey and all that, but that is not really withinm the scope of the poll.

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    He got better as he got promoted and each job got harder, didn't he, Speedy?

    He was a mere divisional commander at Gallipoli ... became the only decent corps commander against the Russians in the Caucasus (he even successfully counterattacked) ... then took over from the defeated German Liman von Sanders as the army commander in the Middle East and stopped Allenby (who I voted for) in 1918 ...
    Last edited by clackers; 24 Jan 08, at 11:07.

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    From what I've read, mostly stuff online, the only reason he looks ok against the Russians is that all the other Turkish generals were terrible. Admittedly I haven't researched that theatre very deeply.
    Last edited by Speedy; 25 Jan 08, at 04:12.

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    What I liked about your list, Speedy, was its diversity ... they each did different things. You went for Hutier over Ludendorf and Falkenhayn, for instance, and weren't afraid to go for someone like Currie who only commanded at corps level.

    I think that while these guys and Fayolle, Plumer, Maistre, and co had the benefit of advanced armies and industries behind them (look at our fellow Aussie Monash's tanks and aircraft), Kemal was a guy fighting for the "Sick Man of Europe", and continued getting successes after being promoted (Aleksei Brusilov has a similar story, also lumbered with a very backward army).
    Last edited by clackers; 25 Jan 08, at 13:06.

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    Who is a better General?

    Montgomery said, "For a comparison, I would say Napoleon and Alexander are the only other two!


    "Some have learnt many Tricks of sly Evasion, Instead of Truth they use Equivocation, And eke it out with mental Reservation, Which is to good Men an Abomination."

    I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to.

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    What about Douglas Haig???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    What about Douglas Haig???
    You're trolling, Martin?

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