Great Commanders

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Since my child-hood I have been an ardent enthusiast in the subject of history, particularly military history. I was probably influenced to some degree by my father, who was a teacher and his favorite subject was history. He taught me that the very first casualty of history and/or war is, "TRUTH". He also taught that a student of history should evaluate authors of history before taking them serious, and to be able to project one-self into the period of time in which the student is studying, this procedure will help analyze to gain knowledge of their mindset. I can hear my father's voice, "Absorb your-self in every facet of that periods life. Join the people and integrate in their culture. Be a part of their religion, social, and political life. Join their army and fight with them. Only then will you be able to identify with the people and to analyze their mind-set".

I will strive in this Web Page to accomplish a pleasant assignment that I laid upon my self forty years ago: To share knowledge with you that I have accumulated of certain Military Genius and Dedicated Politicians.Many Military Genius has been wrongly judged and condemned by historians. One reason is as a writer they tend to stop researching just short of the truth, fearful that they will ruin what they consider a glamour's story. Then there is the writer that is definitely biased. As an example, Plutarch's life of Alexander begins by praising his attractive and fine qualities, and then, towards the middle of his essay, introduces many superstitions and fables which prejudice the average modern reader. Moreover, it would appear that when he revised his article in later life he had become influenced by those who considered that Alexander deteriorated soon after his entry into Persia; in consequence, by what is known as the "hostile tradition".

My purpose is not to teach but to share with you the knowledge that I have accumulated, hopefully to motivate you to dig deeper and to discover the truth to enhance all concern.

"All warfare is based on deception," wrote Sun Tzu, the celebrated Chinese strategist, in 400 BC. Studying the mindset of these Great Generals (The Genius Class) and how they won shows us how leaders of different eras have interpreted this advice, and why it still holds true today.Throughout history great generals have done what their enemies have least expected. Instead of direct, predictable attack, they have deceived, encircled, outflanked, out-thought, and triumphed over often superior armies commanded by conventional thinkers.

Choosing a number of successful commanders of different time periods and studying their stories or experiences - among them are Alexander The Great, Hannibal, Scipio Africanus, Genghis Khan, Stonewall Jackson, Napoleon, Mao Zedong, Sherman, and Rommel. These Commanders have demonstrated, at their own points in history, the strategic and tactical genius essential for victory. Ironically this virtue does not come naturally to military organizations, since more often than not the straight-ahead, narrow-thinking soldier will be promoted over his more lateral-minded, devious counterpart. Yet when the latter gets control, the results may be spectacular.

Now lets go back into time to visit one or more of the Great Commanders. Some writer's apologies to their readers for not having a time machine available to transport them back in time. I don't believe that we need such a primitive mode of transportation, might just break down. We have a much better vehicle; our imagination and ingenuity to project us back into any time period in history. Have you not projected yourself into the future anticipating a windfall? If you can it is a part of your entirety and you have a wealth of experiences waiting for you.

To begin our journey click on INDEX then we will be off to visit the Great Commander of our choice.