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What was the worst performance by a good general?

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What was the worst performance by a good general?


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  1. 1
    Dave E. says:

    Douglas MacArthur, December 8, 1941

  2. 2
    Ed Hamilton says:

    Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg

  3. 3
    Chuck says:

    Bernard Law Montgomery when he stopped the advance of his troupes to have a tea break.

  4. 4
    Emilee says:

    Grant at the Battle of the Crater

  5. 5
    Dave E. says:

    The bad "general" performace at the Crater was by Burnsides the Corps Commander and he does not qualify for this question because he was not, by any measure, a good general.

    Grant's worst performance was at Cold Harbor.

  6. 6
    J Beabout says:

    Brevet Gen'l Geo A Custer was a great cavalry commander in Civil War. However as Lt Col made disastrous decision to ignore scouts and obvious as well as split his forces at Little Big Horn.

  7. 7
    Mike H. says:

    Montgomery…no question. Operation Market-Garden says it all.

  8. 8
    James Wilson says:

    Napoleon at Waterloo.

  9. 9
    dave r says:

    zhukov at seelow heights in 1945.

  10. 10
    Durand says:

    General Walther von Seydlitz artillery-Kurbach, while he was pro-Soviet propaganda and coopeeraba with the enemy, almost all the 91,000 prisoners died in the Stalingrad Goulags Siberia.



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