Georgian king Davit the Builder among Top Three Military Generals of All Time
23 January, 2016
Georgian king Davit the Builder among Top Three Military Generals of All Time
The US online portal Thetoptens.com, where internet users can create ratings on various topics, has published the list of top ten military generals of all time. The list is comprised of users’ votes and comments. As for now, the first place is occupied by Georgian medieval king, Davit IV the Builder (Davit Aghmashenebeli). Alexander the Great comes second. The list is not final and you can change the rating by submitting a comment. Here is what comments say about the great Georgian king:

“In 1121 he, with his army of 55.000 men won against seljuks. Their army composed of 600.000 soldiers. The battle of Didgori is often regarded as battle of "miraculous victory". Before the battle David ordered his troops to block their way back addressing soldiers that they would either win or die there. Over 70 percent of seljuks were killed and rest were taken in prisoners.”

“He was very young when was crowned. He inherited not only political and economical problems, but disastrous results from earthquakes of previous years. But in several years he managed to gain victory on Seljuks, who were hazardous for Europe and thus he saved not only his own country, but Europe too.
His name was widely spread in contemporary world and in Europe he was compared to St. Peter. He was savior also of Armenia and Shirvan (territory of modern Azrebaijan). These countries were quite week by that time, they asked the king David the Builder, to take them under his protection. By the
way, the king was the only, who managed to free Ani, former capital of Armenia, and give it back to Armenians. So, his strategic point of view was covering quite wide territories and what's main - he was not an Emperor, but maintained national state structure in each country, who went under his protection.
He managed to begin the Golden Age of Georgia, which lasted almost 2 centuries. That's why he is called Saint King David the Builder!
He was the greatest!”

And here is how the top ten looks like:

1. David IV of Georgia
2. Alexander the Great
3. Tran Hung Dao
4. Napolean Bonaparte
5. Hannibal Barca
6. Julius Caesar
7. Genghis Khan
8. Võ Nguyên Giáp
9. Nguyen Hue
10. Khalid ibn al-Walid

You can vote for your favorite HERE

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