Thursday, April 26, 2012

Greatest Enemy?

So who is Britain’s greatest enemy commander? George Washington!  I think the irony here is that when the Revolution started, no thought they had a chance, but perseverance and Washington triumphed!  I honestly am not sure that I would have thought this!
American revolutionary leader George Washington has been voted the greatest enemy commander to face Britain, lauded for his spirit of endurance against the odds and the enormous impact of his victory.
In a contest organised by the National Army Museum, Washington triumphed over Irish independence hero Michael Collins, France's Napoleon Bonaparte, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey.

Making the case for Washington, historian Stephen Brumwell said the American War of Independence (1775-83) was "the worst defeat for the British Empire ever."

"His personal leadership was crucial," he said.

Washington was a courageous and inspirational battlefield commander who led from the front but also had the skills to deal with his political counterparts in Congress and with his French allies, Brumwell said. Above all, he never gave up even when the war was going against him.

"His army was always under strength, hungry, badly supplied. He shared the dangers of his men. Anyone other than Washington would have given up the fight. He came to personify the cause, and the scale of his victory was immense."


Dan Bryan said...

I'm glad to see George Washington finally get the respect that he deserves.

I wonder if they considered Napoleon, Rommel, or Perry?

Marek McKenna said...

Breaking up is hard to do!

Ah the British are still bitter after all these years. I have always considered Washington's victory more luck and timing than real skill. Of course the Howe brothers helped to make Washington look good too. Their military expedition to the American colonies seemed more of a boondoggle. Perhaps we owe more to the tavernkeepers in New York and Philadelphia for keeping the Howe brothers busy in the early years of the war so Washington could get his act together.