It is actually impossible to determine the top 10 commanders and there are many commanders who did not take part in this list but also achieved great successes, but we have compiled a list of the top 10 commanders that most people agree on and that have gained an important place in their own history in the world.
10. Saladin (1137-1193)
Saladin is the ruler who was the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty. With the Battle of Hittin in 1187, he saved the holy city of Jerusalem, which had been under Christian rule for 88 years, from the hands of the Crusaders by showing great heroism. He is a great commander who has shown the tolerance and dignity of the Islamic world to his friend and enemy in his gentleman manner. Even today, the name of Saladin in Europe is remembered with great heroism and respect.
“Our duty is to fight our enemies to the end, so that the name of Allah is mighty.”
Nationality: Turkish – Arab (Controversial)
9. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
Napoleon was known as a passionate and ambitious commander who pursued his dreams. During the French Revolution, he came to the fore thanks to his intelligence. Napoleon, who was at the forefront of the army with his courage in all the battles fought, opened war on the whole of Europe thanks to his tactics and war strategy and expanded the borders of France with his victories. For this reason, the history of the world and Europe has left a big stamp. He fought his army on wide fronts extending from the Middle East to Russia and gained success. He went down in history as a clever commander and was very influential in the administration of the country as well as his Command.
“Take time to think, but when it’s time to move, stop thinking and act.”
8. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938)
Republic of Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, thanks to military intelligence and ability to participate in the war, has frequently mentioned the name headed by losing all fronts. Atatürk, the founder of our Republic, who has made a mark on our recent history, has become one of the most important figures in the history of the world thanks to his intelligence and ability in wars. Especially in the Gallipoli War and War of Independence with the leadership of the world history was marked.
“I am not ordering you to attack. I am ordering you to die. In time we will die, other forces and other commanders can take our place.”
7. Julius Caesar (M.Ö 100-M.Ö 44)
Caesar was one of the commanders of the Roman Empire that guided world history in ancient times. Caesar, which has a very ambitious structure, has entered the pages of history as the first dictator. He was the commander who brought himself to his knees with the military tactics he applied during the war especially to his enemy Gaul, who made Rome a stamp on world history and laid the foundations. He was assassinated by his best friend Brutus. Caesar, who was kidnapped by the Cilician pirates while crossing the Aegean Sea, was released by the pirates who took the ransom after telling them to increase the amount of the ransom requested. Then, as he promised during his stay in captivity, he had the Pirates captured and crucified.
“I came; I saw; I conquered”
6. Hannibal Barca (M.Ö 247-M.Ö 183)
Hannibal Barca, the ruler of Carthage, became one of the commanders who made his name in the history of the world by fearlessly defeating and defeating Rome. Hannibal Barca, whose name was written in gold letters in the history of world war with his attack strategy especially with elephants, is a favorite of many commanders and a historical personality that he has taken as an example even today.
“Either we find a way, or we make a way.”
5. Khalid ibn al-Walid (592-642)
Khalid Bin Walid, known as Seyfullah (Sword of Allah), is one of the most important commanders of Islamic history. Khalid Bin Walid, who took part in the beginning of the army in all his battles and wished to be a martyr continuously, advanced under the banner of Islam under the banner of Islam and made all his battles in order to spread Islam to the world. Khalid Bin Walid, who has gone down in history as a commander who did not lose war, used the double helix war tactic he used as an important tactic of war strategies in the battles and went into the history of the world.
“I have come to you with an army that loves death as much as you love life and wine.”
4. Mehmed the Conqueror (1432-1481)
Fatih Sultan Mehmet, the seventh sultan of the Ottoman Empire, is one of the most important commanders in the history of the world. It is the only commander in history to close an age and start an age. With the conquest of Istanbul, it changed the history of the world from start to finish and left this great heritage to us. Not only did he develop the Ottoman Empire, he conquered Istanbul, one of the most important cities in the world and called denilen not taken at that time ardından, then took part in successful battles by taking the Black Sea and Greece, and marked the history as a commander who expanded the borders of the Empire.
“We are not going to conquer the lands, but the hearts.”
3. Timur (1336-1405)
Although Timur was an evil figure in our history, he had participated in many battles with his army and was successful in almost all of them. Timur’s army, in which no army was successful, made many conquests from Anatolia to Central Asia and left its mark on that period. Although the State of Timur was quickly erased from the scene of history, Timur was one of the commanders who made a mark on history with his actions during his tenure. Before the deterioration of the Ottoman Empire, while thinking of organizing an expedition to China, the war with the Ottoman Empire. According to most historians, if there had been a war with China instead of the Ottoman Empire, today’s history would be very different.
“Countries are taken with swords but protected with justice.”
2. Alexander the Great (M.Ö 356-M.Ö 323)
Alexander the Great, also known as Macedonian Alexander, became the Emperor of Greece and expanded the throne he took over from his father by expeditioning at a young age. He conquered almost all known world starting from Greece with his huge army he founded in ancient times. The state has extended its borders to India and the war tactics that it has implemented are still being used and used in the literature. Alexander the Great, a master commander, although he closes his eyes to life at a young age, the land he conquered in the short period of his life and reigned even today makes his name.
“There is no impossible for anyone who knows how to try.”
1. Genghis Khan (1162-1227)
At the beginning of the thirteenth century (in 1206), Genghis Khan united the Mongol tribes that were stray in Central Asia to form a gigantic war machine that no one expected. Genghis Khan, combining his brutality and combat ability with this union, burned down everything that came before him with the Mongol army and went to the pages of history with his brutality. Although he changed world history with blood, Genghis Khan is one of the greatest commanders in history. After the journey he started to conquer China, he turned his direction to the west, left no stones on the stones in Central Asia, threatened the Islamic geography and eventually caused the destruction of a civilization with the descendants of Baghdad. Genghis Khan’s brutal army developed war tactics that no one knew at that time, and they used ruthless biological weapons, explosives, different weapons, oil and many other materials in wars. It is estimated that the Mongol Army and Genghis Khan at the head of history, who had passed through blood, rape, brutality and cruelty, killed 11 percent of the world’s population at that time. This number is said to be about 40 million people, that is, when we hit today’s population, about 600 million people do it. It is estimated that six percent of the world population comes from Genghis Khan. Genghis Khan was such a commander and sovereign that made such a significant mark on world history.
“I am God’s punishment. If you had not sinned, God would not have sent me to punish you.”