Heroes, Soldiers, Warriors

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544-496 BC

Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu was a Chinese military strategist who wrote The Art of War. The book states that war is won before it is fought by the side best prepared. He stressed research and knowing your enemy as well as you know yourself.

302-323 AD

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great was born in Greece. Leaving for another war King Philip 2nd left his 16 year old son Alexander in charge of Greek Macedon. Alexander became king at 21 when Philip died. By endless military campaigning he amassed a great empire throughout Africa and Asia and India. He died 323 BC at 32. It is unsure whether he was poisoned or just drank himself to death.

406-453 AD

Attila the Hun

Attila the Hun was a warlord who ruled tribes on Central and Eastern Europe. He was a feared and terrifying Western and Eastern Roman Empire adversary but unsuccessful in invasions of Persia, France, Rome, and Constantinople.

1043-1099 AD

El Cid

El Cid, El Campeador, the Champion, real name Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar born in Castile, Spain. King Sancho chose El Cid to be troop commander. He is considered a great Castilian hero.

1162-1227 AD

Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan, The Great Khan was Emperor of the Mongol Empire. United Northeast Asian, nomadic tribes conquering most of Eurasias. It is believed that 12 percent of the world population has his DNA.

1215-1295 AD

Kublai Khan

Kublai Khan was a Mongol warlord was the grandson of Genghis Khan. And after the usual infighting and murder he became the 5th Khagan from 1271 to 1294. He conquered China and was one of the most successful of the Khans.

1360-1401

Klaus Stortebeker

Klaus Stortebeker was born in what is now Wismar, Germany. He was the leader of a band of pirates known as the Victual Brothers, their stronghold on the Baltic island of Gotland. Though a pirate Stortebeker is a Robin Hood type folk hero.

1405-1468

Skanderbeg

Skanderbeg was a military commander in what is now Albania. He led a rebellion against the Ottoman Empire and repulsed 13 Turkish invasions. His successful resistance made him a hero throughout the Western world.

1431-1476

Dracula

Vlad the Impaler, Vlad III or Vlad Tepes was born in Transalvania. He became a folk hero for avoiding Ottoman encroachment. Dracula was a fierce, vicious, brutal defender of his lands and his people against the Ottoman empire.

1494-1566

Suleiman the Magnificent

Suleiman the Magnificent, Kanui Sltan Suleyman was the 10th longest living Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. He waged successful naval campaigns helping to ensure profitable trade routes throughout the empire.

1540-1596

Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake was an English knight, a navel officer, a pirate and the favorite sea dog of Queen Elizabeth I. He was in large part responsible for defeating the Spanish armada bringing Queen Elizabeth her first major military victory and bringing about the supremacy of England who ruled the seas.

1599-1658

Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell led forces during the 1642-1651 civil wars of England between Charles I and Parliament. Cromwell was a revolutionary and continues to be divisive figure in the United Kingdom.

1650-1722

John Churchill

John Churchill, 1st duke of Marlborough. He was of the greatest English generals, Churchill led England to victories over French king Louis XIV.

1753-1811

Miguel Hidalgo

Miguel Hidalgo, Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (1753-1811) was a New Spanish Roman Catholic priest and a leader of the Mexican War of Independence.

1769-1821

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte defeated larger Austrian armies. He made himself 1st consul. In 1804 he crowned himself emperor then went to war with Britain and Prussia and defeated the Austrians. Eventually he lost abdicated his throne and was exiled to Elba, an island in the Mediterranean. He was defeated at Waterloo by the Duke of Wellington.

1786-1836

Davy Crockett

Davy Crockett was an American folk hero, frontiersman, politician, and a soldier who fought in the Battle of the Alamo. He served Tennessee as United States House of Representative.

1800-1891

Moltke the Elder

Helmuth Karl Bernhard von Moltke was German, a Prussian field marshal and chief of staff of the Army. He developed new modern methods of directing troops in the field and was considered a tactical genius. He is often referred to as Moltke the Elder.as you know yourself.

1807-1882

Giuseppe Garibaldi

Giuseppe Garibaldi was an Italian general and one of the greatest generals of the modern era. He learned the art of guerrilla warfare having fought in South American wars including the Uruguayan Civil War where he raised an Italian force known as Redshirts. In Italy he commanded military campaigns that eventually led to the Italian unification and the creation on of the Kingdom of Italy.

1815-1898

Otto von Bismarck

Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck and Duke of Lauenburg was the first Chancellor of the German Empire from 1862 to 1890. The new Germany was created after the Franco Prussian War and the Iron Chancellor helped build it into a powerful unified nation.

1822-1885

Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant was the General in charge of the Union Army. He defeated the Confederacy ending the Civil War. An American hero he was elected 18th President of the United States.