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  • Sean

    An exellent example of rubbish written by an ignorant person with a huge lack of knowledge.

  • cyrus

    the philippines have strategic value.

  • Gerardo A

    AHH! I hate Santa Anna! He was just a complete idiot! All he wanted was power and money! He didn’t care about the welfare of his soldiers or the citizens of Mexico! It was his fault that the US-Mexico war even began! If he were smarter and treated the people fairly the texans wouldn’t have revolted.

  • Peter Boucher

    If Douglas MacArthur is on the list of worst military leaders, then explain to me how he was the most decorated soldier in all of history according to the Guinness Book Of Records ??

    • Martyn

      Well, MacArthur did kind of decorate himself. He had himself awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for taking on plane over Korea on routing visits to it during the Korean War and managing an air cargo mission, he awarded himself a Purple Heart for service in WW1 20 years after the event which had not been seen as worthy of winning the award, he gave himself the Congressional Medal of Honor for his retreat from the Philippines, he had an Air Medal despite never completing the five combat missions necessary to earn it. So taking the medals to his name as proof of his abilities as a soldier and general may be a bit misleading.

    • Hirschkorn

      He wasn’t. Hans Ulrich Rudel was.

  • kaibotski

    Uncle Joey Stal didn’t let his generals run the show.. he didn’t have any left during world war2. He had liquidated them all by then.

  • Basketball

    Nice article! You did neglect many ancient military blunderers but they were long ago and the victors wrote the history for the most part so the exact facts are disputed. Here are a few that came to mind though:

    Crassus @ Carrhae
    Cao Cao @ Red Cliffs
    Varus @ Teutoburg Forest

    There are many many others. I obviously left out many terrible commanders from the Greco-Persian wars. Too many geniuses on the Greek side. It would be unfair to call someone one of the worst commanders when he was up against the likes of Alexander, Miltiades and Themistocles.

    I do have a great suggestion for a similar article. It would involve more than 10 though so I’ll just go ahead and do it for you

    Top 66,000,000 Worst Soldiers

    Answer: The French

    Hehe, sorry that was in bad taste but you can’t talk about the WW’s without bringing it up.

  • ????

    This must be a Joke!!!! Saddam Hussein attacked Iran in 1980 planing to detach Khuzestan province of Iran in just 3!!!!!! days. But he couldn’t finish the war until 8 years later 1988. How could he be oon of top 10 military leaders!!

  • ?????????????

    Uhh, I thought Rommel did pretty good and does not deserve a place in this list.

    • Peter Boucher

      I totally agree that Rommel should NOT be on this list

  • Peter Boucher

    Chris, Chris, Chris, I received a letter from the HIGHER UPS from Top Tenz website and was informed of my actions towards Martyn and to never do it again, but left me with just a warning. I take full responsibility of my actions and I do not need to be reminded like a little child anymore. I apologize for anymore comments that I will make in the future on one exception. That you have ABSOLUTELY no CONTACT with me ever again !! You sound like the intimitator to me. So be it………Peter

    • Chris

      Peter, Peter, Peter,

      You said yourself that you’ve been warned about inappropriate behaviour. (With your completely unprovoked yammering threats again Martyn.) And now you’ve compounded it by threatening me?

      The discussion is “Top 10 Worst Military Leaders in History”. Stick to that Peter.

  • Peter Boucher

    CHRIS, CHRIS, CHRIS, I was man enough to apologize to Martyn about my behavior to him and now you are just exasperating the problem. I see on my yahoo mail that you are opossed to the U.S. MILITARY ??? ARE YOU A DRAFT DODGER ??? DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU COULD SPEND TIME IN LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS FOR THE (READ UP ON THAT PLACE AS THEY WOULD RUN ROUGHSHOD UPON YOU) DESERTION OF A TERM CALLED BEING AWOL ?? I believe that you are the one that is all behind this argumentative crap. So for the THIRD time, just leave me alone and for get that I ever exist. If you want to take it into a further realm, I would be man enough. After all, when a superior officer in the military gives you a direct order, you follow through with it. Did you know that, Chris, My friend ????

  • Peter Boucher

    YOU JUST BLEW IT CHRIS WHEN YOU MESSAGED ME BY TELLING ME THAT YOU ARE OPPOSED TO THE USA MILITARY. A LOT OF SOLDIERS WOULD LOVE TO HEAR THAT FROM YOU ESPECIALLY MARTYN AND ALL THE THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF OTHER ACTIVE AND RETIRED MILITARY MEN. ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT YOU ARE AUDACIOUS. YOU’RE A DISGRACE TO THE USA……..

    • Chris

      Peter,

      Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Where do I start with your increasingly hysterical rants?

      Firstly, I’m NOT American.
      Secondly, I’m not in the military. Never have I ever been… or intend to be. (All this orders/threats/’superior’ sounds INSANE.) And the draft-dodging!?!? Crazy. Even if I was American… there hasn’t been a draft in the US since the Vietnam War. And even then… it was completely corrupt… and if you had money… :)
      Thirdly, I personally believe that the US military is responsible for much of the evils of this world. Torchuring innocents and stealing oil of poor people is nothing to be admired. But that’s MY opinion. (And btw, ALOT more people on the globe would agree with me than you.) However, you’ve got a your opinion and you’re entitled to it.
      Fourthly, you obviously can’t tolerate anyone who has a different opinion to you. I would’ve thought then that blogs are not the place for you. Think about it.
      Fifthly, I’m NOT intimidated by threats and attempts to bully. Actually, it’s kinda laughable. However, you very obviously haven’t learnt your lesson re: Martyn. So I will be reporting you to this group’s moderators.
      My advice… seriously… chill. Get some fresh air. Do something apart from blogging.

      Chris

  • Peter Boucher

    Well Chris, I can see that this is going to go on longer then the “HUNDREDS YEAR WAR” (1337-1453). This will now be the FOURTH time that I have asked you to leave me alone and just drop the FRICKEN SUBJECT ABOUT ME. Just FORGET about me. I haven’t heard from Martyn since I apologized to him and now your acting as his proxy. And I would love to know what country you’re from so that I can cast aspergins upon your own people as well. JUST FRICKEN DROP IT. Do you have any intelligence or is your brain smaller than a pimple on a mosquito’s dink. Que sont vous jusqu’a (That’s French for “What are you up to. Yes I speak French as well). Martyn reported me to TOPTENZ.COM and I also have the right to do it as well. GET OFF OF MY FRICKEN CASE, YOU PARROT !!!!

    • Chris

      Peter,

      As long as you keep clogging up my in box with threats, orders and personal insults.. then I will respond.

      As amusing as it all is to me… I feel honour-bound to stand up to (would-be) bullies like you Peter.

      I’ve not threatened you… or personally insulted you. I disagree with your views… but, after all, this is a blog. Right? And I have little/no respect for you… because you don’t seem to be able to argue coherently.

      If you want to stop threatening me… and personally insulting me…. then that’ll be the end of it. Hopefully you can manage that. :)

      Chris