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    Posted: 21-Oct-2008 at 16:47
I read Simon Goodenough's Tactical Genius in Battle a few years ago and blown away by the genius of some generals in battle. I view the 27 battles he covered as his choices as his 27 ideal masterpiece battles but many are notably missing or undeserving of a place in this book IMO. Without using doubles of the same commander (or else Napoleon would monopolize it) what should the top 30 masterpieces be? What are the most brilliant battle performances by a commander?
 
Here's the list of battles Goodenough covers:
Kadesh, 1299BC (Ramesses II)
Marathon, 490BC (Miltiads)
Salamis, 480BC (Thermistocles)
Leuctra, 371BC (Epaminondas)
Guagamela, 331BC (Alexander)
Cannae, 216BC (Hannibal)
Pharsalus, 48BC (Caesar)
Daras, 530 (Belisarius)
Hastings, 1066 (William)
Mohi, 1241 (Subotai)
Garigliano, 1503 (Cordoba)
Brietenfeld, 1631 (Gustavus)
Wittstock, 1636 (Baner)
Rocroi, 1643 (Conde)
Blenheim, 1704 (Marlborough)
Leuthen, 1757 (Frederick)
Cape St Vincent, 1797 (Nelson)
Austerlitz, 1805 (Napoleon)
Salamanca, 1812 (Wellington)
Vicksburg, 1863 (Grant)
Tannenberg, 1914 (Ludendorff/Hindenburg)
France, 1940 (Guderian/Manstein)
Buna-Gona, 1942 (MacArthur)
El Alamein, 1942 (Montgomery)
Miektyla, 1945 (Slim)
Yom Kippur, 1973 (Sharon)
 
For starters, I think Cowpens, 1781 (Morgan), the masterpiece on American soil in history, and Walaja, 633 (Khalid), the "other" double envelopment must be added.
 
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Originally posted by Jonathan4290 Jonathan4290 wrote:

 
For starters, I think Cowpens, 1781 (Morgan), the masterpiece on American soil in history, and Walaja, 633 (Khalid), the "other" double envelopment must be added.
 
 
Davout's double envelopment at Austerstadt against a force twice his size is also up there as one of the finest of these type maneuvers. And one of the reasons he's considered a pretty good Military General/Marshall.
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The only masterpiece in tactics would be an innovation never heard of before, in my sense. Therefore, using the same tactic over and over again is not cool... Masterpiece is when someone does something really brilliant and it succeeds, even if the battle is lost. 
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i could be the asshole again and say that most of those battles are not really exceptional but famous.
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Thanks for doing that.
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Yeh, Goodenough makes a few of those battles seem very genius and epic. Like Buna-Gona? A huge slogging match that isn't anywhere near a masterpiece.
 
The battles Goodenough describes that I really appreciate are Cannae, Pharsalus, Daras, Mohi, Wittstock, Blenhieim, Austerlitz, Salamanca, Tannenberg and France.
 
Leuthen should be replaced with Rossbach.
 
Vicksburg was what, the fourth attempt? It can be dropped for like Chancellorsville.
 
El Alamein was just a defensive stance that didn't need to be that much more to be decisive.
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