Britain's Greatest General - National Army Museum Vote

#1
If you think Marlborough is mightier than Monty or Slim surpasses Wellington, here's the chance to have your say.

The National Army Museum is conducting its first-ever poll to find out who is Britain’s greatest general. We have selected 20 of the nation's all-time greatest military leaders and now it's your turn to decide who comes out on top.

This online exhibition provides you with some essential facts about the figures in our 20-man shortlist, featuring quotes, portraits and brief biographies.

Once you have picked your favourite general, you can use the button on their biography page to register your vote. You can also keep track of the online voting by visiting our live leaderboard.

The top five generals, voted for by you, will determine the five talks given by celebrity speakers at our Britain’s Greatest General event on Saturday 9 April 2011. The voting at this event, combined with the online poll results, will decide the outright winner.

Britain's Greatest General | Online Exhibitions | National Army Museum

Happy voting!
 
#3
Who the **** were the two planks who voted Haig?
 
#6
Jan Smuts? Should he be on the list? He was a bit Surth Efrikan, wasn't he? Hardly 'Britains greatest general'-He started his career fighting us in the Boer War!
If you're going to open it up that widely, you might as well include Constantine the Great! He became Emperor whilst in Britain, even if he was born in the Balkans.
 
#7
Jan Smuts? Should he be on the list? He was a bit Surth Efrikan, wasn't he? Hardly 'Britains greatest general'-He started his career fighting us in the Boer War!
If you're going to open it up that widely, you might as well include Constantine the Great! He became Emperor whilst in Britain, even if he was born in the Balkans.
I also found the inclusion of Smuts somewhat puzzling - more of a statesman really. And I agree about Constantine. Wasn't he in the Royal Scots?
 

Auld-Yin

ADC
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
Reviews Editor
#10
One of our greatest Generals is not even on the list - Allenbrooke. IMHO. (Even if he was a Gunner :) )
 

Auld-Yin

ADC
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
Reviews Editor
#11
björn;3583802 said:
Well the outcome of the vote is fairly predictable : Wellington or Montgomery...
....or Marlborough.....or Slim.....or Haig (yes he was one of the great generals).

But the competition is to find the 5 greatest generals to be the subject of 5 talks, so I don't know if they will list the 'winners' in order of votes.
 
#12
....or Marlborough.....or Slim.....or Haig (yes he was one of the great generals).

But the competition is to find the 5 greatest generals to be the subject of 5 talks, so I don't know if they will list the 'winners' in order of votes.
I was hoping my crass lack of attention towards the competition rules would go unnoticed. Thanks Auld-Yin.
 
R

renamed_user

Guest
#14
Still Wellington by the the fact he beat the Cheese eating surrender monkeys, many times. He also gave us the best ever £5 note design ever! By beating Boney he allowed us to keep out of Europe for nearly 100 years allowing us plenty of time to sail around the world nicking other people countries! Hooray!!
 
#15
björn;3583802 said:
Well the outcome of the vote is fairly predictable : Wellington or Montgomery...
Well, Slim's currently on 22 votes against Sir John Moore and Cromwell in joint second with 8...
 
#16
Montgomery, Followed by Wellington. Slim probably number 3.
Knock the socks off those in recent years who are more for politicians and the media rather than soldiers.

Almost forgot, Galtieri. He fought for the British didn't he?
 
#17
I voted Cromwell, but then I'm not really pro Irish either.
 
#18
I went to a talk about Wellington at the National Army Museum just over 2 months ago. The speaker was Peter Snow who has just written a book about him.
 
#19
Missing from the list is General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay MELCHETT. But seriously I will vote for Bill SLIM. I only really discovered his exploits with XVth Army in Burma in the late 80's whilst serving in Gibraltar (I never did return the book to the garrison library - it is still in my loft somewhere). I appreciate that he and MONTGOMERY achieved similar things (taking command of seemingly failing campaigns and turning the tables), but I think that because the XVth was in a worse predicament, what SLIM managed to achieve was epic. Would Alan BROOKE not have been worth adding to the list?
 
#20
The biggest travesty on this will be all those who vote for Cromwell who was only Fairfax's 2iC, but then Fairfax wasn't a politician.
 

Similar threads

Latest Threads

Top