Since the beginning of time, military leaders have either led to a society's expansion or its ultimate downfall. Many leaders lost touch with what they were empowered to do and some gained more and more ambition with each victory. Following is a list of the Top 10 Military Leaders of All Time. These leaders all commanded troops in battle and were feared by their enemies and revered by all.
1. Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great, also known as Alexander III, was an Ancient Greek king of Macedon during the time of 336â€“323 BC. Alexander is considered the most successful military leader of all time, sporting an undefeated battle record. Upon his death, Alexander had conquered most of the world then known to the ancient Greeks.
2. Julius Caesar
Formally known as Gaius Julius Caeser, Caesar was a powerful Roman military and political leader. Caesar's influence and power during his time led to an enormous expansion of his rule. He is considered to be one of the most influential men in world history and played an instrumental role in the change from the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.
Hannibal was a Carthaginian military commander and tactician who is frequently considered as one of the most prolific commanders in history. Hannibal's lead led to the supremacy over other great powers like Macedon, Carthage, Syracuse and the Seleucid empire. Hannibal is the best known Carthaginian commander and his most famous accomplishments include his domination of the Second Punic War during which he used war elephants in his forces.
4. Richard the Lionheart
Richard the Lionheart or Richard the I was King of England from 1189-1199. Richard spent the majority of his time on the thrown away from his kingdom as he personally led the expansion of his empire as he controlled much of France. Richard participated in the Third Crusade launching campaigns against Sicily and Cyprus on the way.
Napoleon I or Napolean Bonaparte served as a general during the French Revolution and was the rule of France as First Consul. Napolean was also the King of Italy, Protector of the Confederation of the Rhien and the Mediator of the Swiss Confederation.
6. George S. Patton
Known as the General, George S. Patton lead the United States Army through World War II in difficult campaigns in North Africa, France, Sicily and Germany. During World War I, Patton server as a seniro commander of the newly appointed tank corps and was employed in action in France.
7. Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong was a Chinese military and political leader, who led the Communist Party of China (CPC) to victory against the Kuomintang (KMT) in the Chinese Civil War, and was the leader of the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China (PRC) from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. He is held in high regard in China where he is often portrayed as a great revolutionary and strategist who eventually defeated Chiang Kai-shek in the Chinese Civil War, and transformed the country into a major power through his Maoist policies.
8. Georgi Zhukov
Georgi Zhukov was a Soviet military commander who during the course of World War II, led his Red Army to liberate the Soviet Union from the occupation of the Axis Powers'. He then took the army further through much of Eastern Europe, ultimately conquering Germay's capital, Berlin.
9. Stonewall Jackson
Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson is considered the most revered and skilled commander during the Civil War. He is very famous for his Valley Campaign of 1862. His life ended in tragedy when his own troops accidentally shot him and he died a short while later. Historians of military history frequently consider Jackson to be one fo the most talented tactical commanders in U.S. history.
10. Horatio Nelson
Horatio Nelson was an English admiral famous for his lead and dominance during the Napoleonic Wars, especially the battle of Trafalgar, which was a decisive British victory and the battle during which he lost his life. Nelson is often considered one of the most inspirational military leaders of all time. He has been stated as the most revered British general of all time.