Monday, October 7, 2013

One of The Greats

Vietnam's legendary General Vo Nguyen Giap died on Friday at the grand age of 102. Vietnam will hold two days of mourning for the general, widely considered to be the one of the greatest general in the 20th century. There's good reasons for that.

General Giap, second only to late revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh as modern Vietnam's most revered figure, was widely credited as the strategic genius whose guerrilla tactics defeated the French and American armies. That’s why most military historians put him right up there alongside Douglas MacArthur and Erwin Rommel as the best generals in the 20th century.

I disagree. No disrespect to General MacArthur or Field Marshal Rommel but I don't think there's too much doubt about who is the best. General Giap is the best military generals of the 20thcentury. Yes, some people may argue against his disregard for losses among his own troops but you can’t argue against the results. General Giap was the one who founded the Vietnam People's Army and lead them to victories over a superior force. Twice!

Forgot about the 20th century, how many generals and leaders in history has managed that? General MacArthur and Field Marshal Rommel may be great generals but I believe General Giap is the best of the 20th century and in losing him, the world has lost not just the best in the 20th century but one of the most talented military strategists in world history.

He is one of the greats!

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