Top 10 Greatest Military Commanders in History

The ranking of military commanders in history has always been a subject of much attention and controversy. There are different rankings, but data analyst Ethan Arsht tried to apply the same statistical method to baseball (sabermetrics) to evaluate military commanders in 2019, the final result. quite unexpected.

1. Napoleon Bonaparte

1st place on this list belongs to Emperor Napoleon, who has 43 battles and a WAR score of over 16. According to expert Ethan Arsht, this is a number that surpasses all analyzed commanders, i.e. according to one mathematical method, Napoleon was the greatest military leader in history.
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2. Julius Caesar

Caesar was a Roman general and politician, one of the greatest conquerors of all time, best known for his victory in the Battle of Alesia and the defeat of the Gaul. Despite having a lower battle count than Shingen and Wellesley, Caesar's WAR score is higher due to his strategy of taking high risks and overcoming adverse factors.
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3. Arthur Wellesley

The First Duke of Wellington also had 18 battles like Takeda Shingen, but the WAR score was significantly higher, which is said to be a difference related to the size of the battle. In addition, defeating Napoleon also helped Arthur Wellesley solidify his position on the rankings.
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4. Takeda Shingen

Becoming the best commander during the warring states period in Japan was a remarkable achievement for Takeda Shingen, because at that time battles broke out everywhere. In his 18 battles, "Tiger of Kai" never had to retreat, so people called him "the undefeated general".
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5. Khalid Ibn al-Walid

Thanks to his military talent, from the 7th century AD, the Arab Empire became the most powerful empire in the world, expanding and maintaining the influence of Islam until many years later. Khalid's WAR score is significantly higher than that of Frederick the Great with the same number of battles on the list.
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6. Hannibal Barca

Hannibal's most glorious milestone was in the battle of Cannae, when he forced the Romans to attack under adverse conditions. In that battle, he finally wiped out the enemy cavalry and then the entire Roman army. According to historians, Hannibal destroyed a total of 70,000 Roman soldiers.
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7. Ulysses S. Grant

General Ulysses S. Grant commanded allied forces in 16 battles, an impressive achievement that also made him President of the United States. His commanding ability is considered superior to his contemporaries, especially much better than his longtime rival Robert E. Lee - who has a negative WAR score.
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8. Frederick the Great

The ruler of Prussia for more than 40 years had a total of 14 recorded battles. Two of Frederick the Great's greatest victories were at the battles of Rossbach and Leuthen in the Seven Years' War. In these battles, thanks to his excellent strategy, he defeated larger armies.
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9. Georgy Zhukov

Marshal Georgy Zhukov is considered the most outstanding Soviet military commander in World War II, he has 10 battles to analyze the data. This gave Marshal Zhukov a slightly higher rank than Alexander the Great. Another plus for this commander's WAR score is that he is often at a numerical disadvantage.
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10. Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great was a great strategist, as well as the greatest commander in history according to Emperor Napoleon, however, due to only 9 battles for data analysis, his final WAR score is not High. However, Alexander still has a superior score compared to commanders with a similar number of battles such as Shogun Tokugawa or Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.
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