The Most Famous General: A Revealing Ranking of Distinguished Military Leaders

Choose the general you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 07:09
Step right into the thrilling world of military history and embark on a quest to crown the most famous general of all time! At StrawPoll, we've assembled an extraordinary lineup of legendary tacticians, ruthless conquerors, and inspiring leaders who've shaped the course of history. But who among them will emerge victorious? That's for you to decide! Cast your vote in our epic "Who is the most famous general?" ranking, and join thousands of armchair historians and military enthusiasts in determining the ultimate champion. Don't see your favorite mastermind on our list? Fear not – you can suggest a missing option to make this battle royale even more intense. Ready, set, strategize – and may the best general win!

Who Is the Most Famous General?

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    Julius Caesar
    Unknown authorUnknown author · Public domain

    Julius Caesar

    William Shakespeare
    Roman general and statesman who conquered Gaul and played a crucial role in the end of the Roman Republic.
    Julius Caesar is a tragedy play written by William Shakespeare. It portrays the conspiracy against and assassination of Roman dictator Julius Caesar, as well as its aftermath. The play explores themes of power, loyalty, friendship, betrayal, and the consequences of political ambition.
    • Genre: Tragedy
    • Date of Composition: 1599-1600
    • Setting: Ancient Rome
    • Number of Acts: 5
    • Protagonist: Julius Caesar
    Julius Caesar in other rankings
  2. 2
    Alexander the Great
    Unknown creatorUnknown creator · Public domain
    Macedonian king and conqueror who created one of the largest empires in ancient history.
    Alexander the Great in other rankings
  3. 3
    Napoleon Bonaparte
    François Gérard · Public domain
    French military and political leader who conquered much of Europe in the early 19th century.
    Napoleon Bonaparte in other rankings
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    Sun Tzu
    663highland · CC BY 2.5

    Sun Tzu

    Sun Tzu
    Chinese general, strategist, and philosopher who wrote "The Art of War," one of the most influential military treatises in history.
    Sun Tzu's The Art of War is a renowned ancient Chinese military treatise. It is considered one of the most influential and widely read books on military strategy and tactics. The text provides insights into the principles of warfare, ranging from battlefield tactics to leadership strategies.
    • Publication Year: 5th century BC
    • Genre: Military Strategy
    • Language: Classical Chinese
    • Number of Chapters: 13
    • Topics Covered: Battlefield tactics, leadership, espionage, and diplomacy
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  5. 5
    George Washington
    Gilbert Stuart · Public domain
    American general and statesman who played a crucial role in the American Revolution and became the first President of the United States.
    George Washington was the first President of the United States, serving two terms from 1789 to 1797. He is widely regarded as one of the most beloved and influential Presidents in American history.
    • Term Length: Served two terms from 1789 to 1797
    • Party Affiliation: Independent/Nonpartisan
    • Predecessor: Office established, no predecessor
    • Successor: John Adams
    • Born: February 22, 1732
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    Dwight D. Eisenhower
    White House · Public domain
    American general and statesman who commanded Allied forces in Europe during World War II and later served as President of the United States.
    Dwight D. Eisenhower, commonly known as Ike, was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. He was a highly respected military general and a popular President. Eisenhower is known for his role in leading the Allied forces to victory in World War II as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe.
    • Presidency: 34th President of the United States
    • Term: 1953-1961
    • Nickname: Ike
    • Military Rank: General of the Army
    • Supreme Commander: Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe during World War II
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    German general who played a crucial role in the North African campaign during World War II and is often referred to as the "Desert Fox."
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    Soviet general who played a crucial role in the defeat of Nazi Germany during World War II.
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    Hannibal Barca
    © 1932 by Phaidon Verlag (Wien-Leipzig) · Public domain
    Carthaginian general who famously crossed the Alps with his army and won several victories against the Roman Republic during the Second Punic War.
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    William Tecumseh Sherman
    Unknown authorUnknown author · Public domain
    American general who played a crucial role in the Union victory during the American Civil War and is known for his "March to the Sea."
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About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous general. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or general is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


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A participant may cast an up or down vote for each general once every 24 hours. The rank of each general is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous general

Background Information: Generals are military leaders who are tasked with commanding armies and leading them to victory in battles and wars. Throughout history, there have been numerous famous generals who have made significant contributions to their respective countries and the world at large. From ancient times to the modern era, generals have played a pivotal role in shaping the course of history. Some of the most famous generals include Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Julius Caesar, Sun Tzu, George Washington, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, among others. These generals have left a lasting impact on their countries and the world through their leadership, strategic planning, and tactical brilliance. They have led armies in numerous battles, conquered territories, and shaped the political and social landscape of their times. Today, people continue to debate and discuss who the most famous general in history is. While there may never be a definitive answer to this question, it is clear that the legacy of these great generals will continue to inspire and influence generations to come.

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