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    Erwin Rommel.

    Rodolfo Graziani.

    William the Silent.

    Oda Nobunaga.

    Stonewall Jackson.

    Arthur Wellesley.

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    1.) Baron Colmar von der Goltz Pasha (from the German Empire), because of him the Ottoman Empire bought quality weapons from Germany. Besides this he convinced the Sultan that the officers of the Imperial Army should be trained in Germany (was not done with every single officer). Also he was a great advisor to the Sultan and because of him the battle of Kut (during the World War 1) in South Iraq was won.
    von der Goltz in Ottoman uniforms:


    2.) Otto Liman von Sanders from the German Empire, a great modernizer and field marshal of the Ottoman Imperial Army of the Sultan and Caliph:
    In Ottoman uniform:

    Sanders as Ottoman marshal in the centre:

    3.) Camel Cavalry Captain Sureyya Bey, the hero of Qatia, because of him that battle during World War 1 was one.
    Sureyya Bey is the second seated from right. Sadly all of the seated officers were murdered by the filthy Entente.

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    In the Horn:
    Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrahim Al Ghazi (aka Ahmad the Left-handed) Born 1506 and died 1543

    The young extremely religious general in his twenties who defeated multiple Ethiopian emperors and managed to create a coalition never again seen in the Horn.He brought together Ethio-Semitic and Cushtites but most importantly he united majority of the nomadic warlike Northern Somali clans under one banner.He died at the young age of 37 martyred by a Portuguese musket.He is is still remembered to this day in the Horn!

    "In Ethiopia the damage which Ahmad Gragn did has never been forgotten," wrote Paul B. Henze. "Every Christian highlander still hears tales of Gragn in his childhood. Haile Selassie referred to him in his memoirs, "I have often had villagers in northern Ethiopia point out sites of towns, forts, churches and monasteries destroyed by Gragn as if these catastrophes had occurred only yesterday."[26] To most Somalis Ahmad is a national hero who fought against Abyssinian aggression on their ancient territories"

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    Khalid bin Walid or Sayfullah masluul (the drawn sword of God)

    He was a companion of the prophet though he converted when it is was obvious that the Meccan pagans lost.He defeated the muslims in the battle of Uhud where the Prophet was personally injured due to being outflanked.He was instrumental in the Ridda wars and the Islamic conquests of Mesopotamia and the Levant and had won 100 battles consecutively without being defeated.

    He personally lead the army in the decisive battle of Yarmuk which made sure that the Eastern Roman Empire would never again ruled the Levant.

    ]George F. Nafziger, in his book Islam at war, describes the battle as:

    “Although Yarmouk is little known today, it is one of the most decisive battles in human history...... Had Heraclius' forces prevailed, the modern world would be so changed as to be unrecognizable."

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    Toussaint Louverture

    The great black Haitian leader. Beat off the English, French Armies, with Napeleon and all their supposed military might. Hence Haiti has always been seen as problem by whites and that’s why they engineered an earthquake in Haiti, killing 100 thousand black people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulEssien
    Haiti has always been seen as problem by whites and that’s why they engineered an earthquake in Haiti, killing 100 thousand black people.
    I think you have paranoid schizophrenia. The men in the white coats are going to come for you soon.

    Anyway, my favorite commanders are all going to be American of Scotch-Irish ancestry for several reasons :

    1.) I am American

    2.)That is my ethnic tribe or tribe I am closest to.

    3.) There are alot of them to choose from as the scotch-irish have a military tradition in the USA.

    A caveat one of my favorite commanders served presdient Lincoln against the south. I am racist but unlike popular uneducated opinion about the civil war it was not fought over slavery but mercantile economic interest that is why southerners called northerners, who came south, after the war carpetbaggers.

    General Patton :

    He has already been mentioned several times here so posting information would be redundant.

    Ulysses S. Grant

    Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States. As Commanding General, Grant worked closely with President Abraham Lincoln to lead the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy in the American Civil War. --wikipedia

    Andrew Jackson

    War of 1812

    During the War of 1812, the Shawnee chief Tecumseh encouraged the conservative "Red Stick" Creek Indians of northern Alabama and Georgia to attack white settlements. He had unified tribes in the Northwest to rise up against the Americans, trying to repel American settlers from those lands north of the Ohio. Four hundred settlers were killed in the Fort Mims massacre of 1813—one of the few instances of Native Americans killing a large number of American settlers and their African-American slaves. This brought the United States into the internal Creek campaign. Occurring at the same time as the War of 1812, the Creek campaign saw Jackson command the U.S. forces, which included the Tennessee militia, U.S. regulars, and Cherokee, Choctaw, and Lower Creek warriors. Sam Houston and David Crockett served under Jackson in this campaign.

    Treaty of Fort Jackson, 1814. Jackson specified peace terms on the Creek Indians. Treaty with the Creeks (1847)
    Jackson defeated the Red Sticks at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814. US forces and their allies killed 800 Red Stick warriors in this battle, but spared the chief Red Eagle, a mixed-race man also known as William Weatherford. After the victory, John Armstrong Jr., Madison's Secretary of War, ordered Major General Thomas Pinckney in April 1814 to make the surrender treaty.[26] Pinckney specified the terms of surrender. These terms included the handing over an unspecified amount of land, the construction of U.S. forts, the turning over of warriors who instigated hostilities, and an agreement to stop trade with foreign countries. Jackson opposed the unpopular Pinckney treaty, desiring to end the threats that had caused the conflict with the Creek nation in the first place. Jackson was promoted major general and given charge of the Seventh Military District, replacing Major General Thomas Flournoy.

    As commanding general, Jackson invalidated Pinckney's treaty and demanded more concessions from both the Upper Creek and the Lower Creek. Ultimately, these terms resulted in the US declaring twenty-two million acres in present-day Georgia and Alabama as open for American settlement.[26] On August 9, 1814, 35 Indian elder leaders signed Jackson's Treaty of Fort Jackson. The warrior faction of the Creek nation and the British, however, did not formally recognize the treaty.[26]

    According to author Gloria Jahoda, the Creeks coined their own name for him, Jacksa Chula Harjo or "Jackson, old and fierce".[27]

    Battle of New Orleans
    Main article: Battle of New Orleans

    Jackson's service in the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom was conspicuous for bravery and success. When British forces threatened New Orleans, Jackson took command of the defenses, including militia from several western states and territories. He was a strict officer but was popular with his troops. They said he was "tough as old hickory" wood on the battlefield, and he acquired the nickname of "Old Hickory". In the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815, Jackson's 5,000 soldiers won a decisive victory over 7,500 British. At the end of the battle, the British had 2,037 casualties: 291 dead (including three senior generals), 1,262 wounded, and 484 captured or missing. The Americans had 71 casualties: 13 dead, 39 wounded, and 19 missing.[28]

    Enforced martial law in New Orleans
    Jackson ordered the arrest of U. S. District Court Judge Dominic A. Hall in March 1815, after the judge signed a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of a Louisiana legislator whom Jackson had arrested.[29] State senator Louis Louaillier had written an anonymous piece in the New Orleans newspaper, challenging Jackson's refusal to release the militia after the British ceded the field of battle.[30] Jackson had claimed the authority to declare martial law over the entire City of New Orleans, not merely his "camp".[31] Jackson did not relent his campaign of suppressing dissent until after ordering the arrest of a Louisiana legislator, a federal judge, and a lawyer, and after the intervention of State Judge Joshua Lewis. Lewis was simultaneously serving under Jackson in the militia, and also had signed a writ of habeas corpus against Jackson, his commanding officer, seeking Judge Hall's release.[32]

    Civilian authorities in New Orleans had reason to fear Jackson. He summarily ordered the execution of six members of the militia. Their deaths were not revealed until the Coffin Handbills were circulated during his 1828 Presidential campaign. Jackson became a national hero for his actions in the Battle of New Orleans and the War of 1812.[33] By a Congressional resolution on February 27, 1815, Jackson was given the Thanks of Congress and awarded a Congressional Gold Medal.[34] Alexis de Tocqueville ("underwhelmed" by Jackson according to a 2001 commentator) later wrote in Democracy in America that Jackson "... was raised to the Presidency, and has been maintained there, solely by the recollection of a victory which he gained, twenty years ago, under the walls of New Orleans."[35]

    First Seminole War
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    Trial of Robert Ambrister during the Seminole War. Ambrister was one of two British subjects executed by General Jackson. (1848)
    Jackson served in the military again during the First Seminole War. He was ordered by President James Monroe in December 1817 to lead a campaign in Georgia against the Seminole and Creek Indians. Jackson was also charged with preventing Spanish Florida from becoming a refuge for runaway slaves, as Spain had promised freedom to fugitive slaves. Critics later alleged that Jackson exceeded orders in his Florida actions. His orders from President Monroe were to "terminate the conflict".[36] Jackson believed the best way to do this was to seize Florida from Spain once and for all. Before departing, Jackson wrote to Monroe, "Let it be signified to me through any channel ... that the possession of the Floridas would be desirable to the United States, and in sixty days it will be accomplished."[37]

    The Seminole attacked Jackson's Tennessee volunteers. Because the warriors were occupied with attack, their villages were vulnerable, and Jackson used his forces to burn their houses and the crops. He found letters that indicated that the Spanish and British were secretly assisting the Indians. Jackson believed that the United States could not be secure as long as Spain and the British encouraged Indians to fight, and argued that his actions were undertaken in self-defense. Jackson captured Pensacola, Florida, with little more than some warning shots, and deposed the Spanish governor. He captured, tried and executed two British subjects, Robert Ambrister and Alexander Arbuthnot, who had been supplying and advising the Indians. Jackson's actions struck fear into the Seminole tribes as word spread of his ruthlessness in battle (he became known as "Sharp Knife").

    The executions, and Jackson's invasion of territory belonging to Spain, a country with which the U.S. was not at war, created an international incident. Many in the Monroe administration called for Jackson to be censured. The Secretary of State, John Quincy Adams, an early believer in Manifest destiny, defended Jackson. When the Spanish minister demanded a "suitable punishment" for Jackson, Adams wrote back,

    "Spain must immediately [decide] either to place a force in Florida adequate at once to the protection of her territory ... or cede to the United States a province, of which she retains nothing but the nominal possession, but which is, in fact ... a post of annoyance to them."[38]

    Adams used Jackson's conquest, and Spain's own weakness, to get Spain to cede Florida to the United States by the Adams–Onís Treaty. Jackson was subsequently named as Florida's military governor and served about nine months from March 10, 1821, to December 31, 1821--wikipedia

    "I am a Scotsman," Sir Walter Scott famously wrote, "therefore I had to fight my way into the world."

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    American of Scots-Irish or Ulster Ancestry :

    'I am a Scotsman', Sir Walter Scott once famously wrote, ' therefore I had to fight my way into the world'.

    "Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.” --Winston Churchill(England)

    "We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation.” --Voltaire(France)

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    George Washington
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    Andrew Jackson
    Zachary Taylor
    Ulysses Grant
    William Sherman
    Theodore Roosevelt
    George Patton
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    Blas de Lezo, the Spanish who beat 195 English ships with only 6 ships in Cartagena de Indias.

    A Spanish hero.

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