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The world's best military ever

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posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 05:20 AM
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Originally posted by tomcat ha
While the romans had Hannibal and several defeats because of the germanians.

No, Romans defeated Hannibal. They lost a few battles, but they won the whole war.
As for Germanians, the Romans once managed to tie with them in the 1st century BC.

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posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 05:23 AM
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who cares. they were un-organized mini-empires/tribes. please provide some information of this hugely good army. because i know a lot more about the roman empire than you



posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 05:25 AM
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Mind if I ask.

Is there a conflict between the Hans and the Eastern Roman empire?

During the time when Roman empire is split in 2.

O ya, to add to the topic. my vote is to the Mongols, during Genghis Khan.

Simple horsemen that defeats empires. When they are banded together and got themselves organized of course.

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posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 05:36 AM
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Originally posted by chinawhite
they were un-organized mini-empires/tribes.
Cartagina and Greece were organised.

Originally posted by chinawhite
please provide some information of this hugely good army.
Read some books.

Originally posted by chinawhite
because i know a lot more about the roman empire than you

I don't think so. I know a lot about history.
And you have just shown that you don't know more about the Roman Empire than I do.

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posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 05:52 AM
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Originally posted by AtheiX
Cartagina and Greece were organised.


i am refering to the gualish and germanic tribes.


Originally posted by chinawhite
Read some books.


i do


Originally posted by chinawhite

I don't think so. I know a lot about history.
And you have just shown that you don't know more about the Roman Empire than I do.



blah blah blah. you know jack.

where did i show what?



posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 05:59 AM
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if you want to continue this conversation. go to belowtopsecret. and create one then tell me where



posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 06:24 AM
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One more army to add as an option is the Swedish army. They have lost only two wars: the Thirty Years War and the Northern War.



posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 06:26 AM
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Whereas the Roman Empire has existed as an independent state for over 500 years - longer than any other empire.

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Sorry, the Egyptians lasted 4,000 years, longest kingdom/empire in history.

And the largest empire the world has ever seen belonged to London, these days it's called the Commonwealth and it's the second largest international body in the world after the UN.

If we're talking about the world's BEST military then the US don't even come close, Unclo Ho defeated them in his bare feet. MacArthur couldn't even defend the Philippines and he outnumbered the Japs damn near 15-1! (When he was holding Corregidor that figure is true, but even then the US military ran teeth-to-tail of 1-10.)

I believe you're referring to Carthage. Cartagena is a little further away from Rome.

Besides all of which, my vote goes to Genghis' Mongol Hordes. They defeated all who stood in their way. The only thing that saved Poland and Christendom was the death of the Kahn, the European Princes woke up the next day and the Mongols had gone home to elect a new Khan.

Scariest modern military? The Brigade of Ghurkas, five feet tall and worth three US Marines each!

edit; damn italics, how did that happen?

[edit on 15-7-2005 by HowlrunnerIV]



posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 06:37 AM
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Originally posted by HowlrunnerIV

Whereas the Roman Empire has existed as an independent state for over 500 years - longer than any other empire.

[edit on 15-7-2005 by AtheiX]


Sorry, the Egyptians lasted 4,000 years, longest kingdom/empire in history.
But not all of the time as an independent state. In the fourth century BC they have been conquered by Macedonia and in the first century BC they have been conquered by Rome. Later they became a Muslim country and became an independent country, but later they were conquered by the Turks, and later by the British.
And said that the Roman Empire existed AS AN INDEPENDENT STATE longer than any other empire.

Originally posted by HowlrunnerIV
And the largest empire the world has ever seen belonged to London, these days it's called the Commonwealth and it's the second largest international body in the world after the UN.
No. The largest empire that has ever existed was the Mongolian empire. It consisted of almost all of Asia excluding India and a part of the Middle East. It also possessed Russia.


Originally posted by HowlrunnerIV
I believe you're referring to Carthage. Cartagena is a little further away from Rome.
No, I'm referring to Cartagina, which was situated in North Africa but has been destroyed by the Romans.

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posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 07:02 AM
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Originally posted by AtheiX

I believe you're referring to Carthage. Cartagena is a little further away from Rome.
No, I'm referring to Cartagina, which was situated in North Africa but has been destroyed by the Romans.


what is cartagina? i never heard of it. i throught you were talking about carthage before

the mongol empire was the worlds largest countinuest land empire



posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 07:53 AM
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My candidates for the greatest military forces in no particular order:

The Army of Genghis Khan

The first true modern day style professional army and an army that comquered an Empire was only matched in size by the British Empire. The fact that Temujin's empire was all land though made it even more impressive.

The Fleets commanded by Lord Horatio Nelson

In my opinion, the greatest Admiral the world has ever known. From the Nile to Trafalgar, Nelson and the ships under his command took on the French and the Spanish and came out on top. A strategic genius, Horatio was rarely, if ever, wrong. A hero to his country and a hero to the men he commanded, Horatio died a hero's death inspiring his men as they came under musket fire.

The Army group commanded by General George Patton

In my opinion, France would have been bad for the Allies without him. Patton carved such huge swathes through France at such speed, that his supply lines had frequent trouble in keeping pace with his forces. Arrogant as hell, but he got the job done. War isnt a popularity contest.

The Afrika Korps led by Field Marshal Erwin Rommel

Possibly the greatest force the European Axis ever mustered under possibly their greatest Commander, The Afrika Korps came very close to defeating the British 8th Army until El Alamein. The situation was then made worse for Rommel by the Torch landings. Caught between a reinvigorated 8th Army and the Torch landings, the Afrika Korps was slowly crushed.

L Detachment, Special Air Service, led by Lieutenant Colonel David Stirling

Though only a minute unit compared to those previously mentioned, the original SAS and its impact on the world of modern day warfare cannot be overlooked. Taking commando raids to new heights, it can be said that Stirling's men contributed to saving North Africa from the Nazis through their constant harrasing of Luftwaffe airfields and Wermacht supply lines. The SAS has spawned several other units of its type in the world, Delta being the most famous of these SAS inspired units.

For one of the best books on the origins of the SAS, read "The Phantom Major" by Virginia Cowles

[edit on 15-7-2005 by Daystar]



posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 08:07 AM
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Originally posted by Daystar
My candidates for the greatest military forces in no particular order:

Some of the armies you mentioned were only particular detachments. While I was asking about the WHOLE militaries.


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posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 08:14 AM
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Originally posted by AtheiX
Some of the armies you mentioned were only particular detachments. While I was asking about the WHOLE militaries.


You'll get over it I am sure



posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 08:21 AM
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Yes the romans took defeats but didnt lose the war. The ottomans however just kept winning from 1300-1683 except for leopanto and the mongol invasion which they quikly recovered from.

I think Sultan Yavuz Selim is a better Army commander than Patton. He basically more than doubled the size of the Ottoman empire in his quite short reign of 8 years.



posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 10:13 AM
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For me, it has to be the Mongols and here's why:

Genghis Khan and the Mongols: The knights at their tournaments, in their finery, armor and emblems of ancestry, believed they were the foremost warriors in the world, while Mongol warriors thought otherwise. Mongol horses were small, but their riders were lightly clad and they moved with greater speed. These were hardy men who grew up on horses and hunting, making them better warriors than those who grew up in agricultural societies and cities. Their main weapon was the bow and arrow. And the Mongols of the early 1200s were highly disciplined, superbly coordinated and brilliant in tactics.
The Mongols were illiterate, religiously shamanistic and sparsely populated, perhaps no more than around 700,000 in number. Their language today is described as Altaic -- derived from the Altay mountain range in western Mongolia -- a language unrelated to Chinese. They were herdsmen on the grassy plains north of the Gobi Desert and south of Siberian forests. Before the year 1200, the Mongols were fragmented, moving about in small bands headed by a chief, or khan, and living in portable felt dwellings -- gers.
The Mongols endured frequent deprivations and sparse grazing. They frequently fought over turf, and during hard times they occasionally raided, interested in goods rather than bloodshed. They did not collect heads or scalps as trophies and did not notch wood to record their kills.
From his late teens to age thirty-eight in 1200, a Mongol named Temujin (Temüjin) rose as khan over various families. He was a good manager, collecting people of talent. He was vassal to Ong Khan, titular head of a confederacy better organized than other Mongol clans. Temujin joined Ong Khan in a military campaign against Tatars to their east, and following the success of this campaign Ong Khan declared Temujin his adoptive son and heir. Ong Khan's natural son, Senggum (Senggüm), had been expecting to succeed his father and plotted to assassinate Temujin. Temujin learned of this, and those loyal to Temujin defeated those loyal to Senggum. Temujin was now established as the head of what had been Ong Khan's coalition. And in 1206, at the age of 42, Temujin took the title Universal Ruler, which translates to Genghis Khan, and he addressed his joyous supporters thanking them for their help and their loyalty.
Like others, Genghis Khan's subjects saw themselves at the center of the universe, the greatest of people and favored by the gods. They justified Genghis Khan's success in warfare by claiming that he was the rightful master not only over the "peoples of the felt tent" but the entire world.
Genghis Khan continued organizing. He improved his military organization, which was also to serve as a mobile political bureaucracy, and he broke up what was left of old enemy tribes, leaving as ethnically homogeneous only those tribes that had demonstrated loyalty to him. He created a body of law that he was to work on throughout his life. The kidnapping of women had caused feuding among the Mongols, and, as a teenager, Temujin had suffered from the kidnapping of his young wife, Borte, whom he had devoted himself to rescuing, and he made it law that there was to be no kidnapping of women. He declared all children legitimate, whomever the mother. He made it law that no woman would be sold into marriage. The stealing of animals had caused dissention among the Mongols, and Genghis made it a capital offense. A lost animal was to be returned to its owner, and taking lost property as one's own was to be considered thievery and a capital offense. Genghis regulated hunting -- a winter activity -- improving the availability of meat for everyone. He introduced record keeping, taking advantage of his move years before to have his native language put into writing. He created official seals. He created a supreme officer of the law, who was to collect and preserve all judicial decisions, to oversee the trials of all those charged with wrongdoing and to have the power to issue death sentences. He created order in his realm that strengthened it and his ability to expand.
Conquests in Northern China
Genghis Khan moved to secure his borders. To his south he made an alliance with the Uighurs, who were closer than the Mongols were to the Silk Road and to wealth. Genghis married his daughter to the Uighur Khan, and the Uighur Khan brought to the wedding party a caravan laden with gold, silver, pearls, brocaded fabrics, silks and satins. The Mongols had only leather, fur and felt -- a humiliation for a master of the entire world. Genghis needed booty to pay troops securing his northern border and subduing an old enemy there, the Merkits. Genghis acted on his mandate as the rightful ruler of the entire world and attacked the rulers of farmers and herders in northwestern China, the Tangut, who had much in goods like the Uighur Khan. In warriors the Mongols were outnumbered two to one, and they had to learn a new kind of warfare, against fortified cities, including cutting supply lines and diverting rivers. Genghis Khan and his army were victorious, and in 1210 Genghis won from the Tangut recognition as overlord.
Also in 1210, the Ruzhen, who ruled that part of northern China that included Beijing, sent a delegation to Genghis Khan demanding Mongol submission as vassals. The Ruzhen (Jin) controlled the flow of goods along the Silk Road, and defying them meant a lack of access to those goods. Genghis Khan and the Mongols discussed the matter and chose war. Genghis, according to the scholar Jack Weatherford, prayed alone on a mountain, bowing down and stating his case to "his supernatural guardians," describing the grievances, the tortures and killings that generations of his people had suffered at the hands of the Ruzhen. And he pleaded that he had not sought war against the Ruzhen and had not initiated the quarrel. NOTE
In 1211, Genghis Khan and his army attacked. The Ruzhen had a large and effective army but they were hard pressed by both the Mongols and by a border war with the Tangut. They were also under attacked by Chinese from south of the Yangzi River, the Southern Song emperor wishing to take advantage of the Ruzhen-Mongol conflict to liberate northern China. But the Ruzhen drove the Chinese armies into retreat.
The Mongols were benefiting from China having failed during the previous century to make itself a strong military power. They benefited too from the Ruzhen ruling conquered people. The Mongols used divide and conquer tactics, using benevolence toward those who sided with them and terror and bloodshed against those who did not. They ravaged the countryside, gathering information and booty and driving populations in front of them, clogging the roads and trapping the Ruzhen within their cities, where the Ruzhen were subject to revolts. They used conscripted labor in attacking cities and in operating their newly acquired Chinese siege engines. The Mongols had an advantage in diet, which included a lot of meat, milk and yogurt, and they could miss a day or two of eating better than Ruzhen soldiers, who ate grains. Genghis Khan and his army overran Beijing and pushed into the heartland of northern China. Military success helped as people acquired the impression that Genghis Khan had the Mandate of Heaven and that fighting against him was fighting heaven itself.
The Ruzhen emperor recognized Mongol authority and agreed to pay tribute, and, after six years of fighting, Genghis Khan returned to Mongolia, leaving one of his best generals in charge of Mongol positions opposite the Ruzhen. Returning with Genghis Khan and his Mongols were engineers who had become a permanent part of their army, and there were captive musicians, translators, doctors and scribes, camels and wagonloads of goods. Among the goods were silk, including silken rope, cushions, blankets, robes, rugs, wall hangings, porcelain, iron kettles, armor, perfumes, jewelry, wine, honey, medicines, bronze, silver and gold, and much else. And goods from China would now come in a steady flow.
The Mongols were happy to be back from China, their homeland higher in elevation, less humid and cooler. They had looked down on the peoples of northern China, seeing them as eating grain like cattle and closely packed together as were herds. But they liked what China had to offer, and at home there was change. The continuing flow of goods from China had to be administered and properly distributed, and buildings had to be built to store the goods. Success in war was changing the Mongols -- as it had the Romans and the Arabs.
Into Afghanistan and Persia
Genghis Khan wanted trade and goods, including new weapons, for his nation. A Mongol caravan of several hundred merchants approached a recently formed empire between Persia to Central Asia. The sultan of this kingdom claimed that spies were in the caravan. Genghis Khan sent envoys, and the sultan had the chief of the envoys killed and the beards of the others burned, and these others he sent back to Genghis Khan. And Genghis retaliated, sending his army westward.
In the coldest of months the Mongols rode across the desert to Transoxiana with no baggage, slowing to the pace of merchants before appearing as warriors before the smaller towns of the sultan's empire. Their strategy was to frighten their opponents into surrendering without battle, benefiting his own troops, whose lives he valued. Those frightened into surrender were spared violence, those who resisted were slaughtered as an example for others, which sent many fleeing and spreading panic from the first towns to the city of Bukhara. People in Bukhara opened the city's gates to the Mongols and surrendered. Genghis Khan told them that they, the common people, were not at fault, that high-ranking people among them had committed great sins that inspired God to send him and his army as punishment. The sultan's capital city, Samarkand, surrendered. His army surrendered, and he fled.
Genghis Khan and his army pushed more deeply into the sultan's empire -- into Afghanistan and then Persia. It is said that the caliph in Baghdad was hostile toward the sultan and supported Genghis Khan, sending him a regiment of European crusaders who had been his prisoners. Genghis, having no need for infantry, freed them, with those making it to Europe spreading the first news of the Mongol conquests.
Genghis Khan had 100,000 to 125,000 horsemen, with Uighur and Turkic allies, engineers and Chinese doctors -- a total of from 150,000 to 200,000 men. To show their submission, some offered food to the Mongols, and Genghis Khan's force guaranteed them protection. Some cities surrendered without fighting. In cities the Mongols were forced to conquer, after killing its fighting men, Genghis divided the survivors by profession. He drafted the few who were literate and anyone who could speak various languages. Those who had been the city's most rich and powerful he wasted no time in killing, remembering that the rulers he had left behind after conquering the Tangut and Ruzhen had betrayed him soon after his army had withdrawn.
The Mongols did not torture, mutilate or maim, but their enemies did. Captured Mongols were dragged through streets and killed for sport and to entertain city residents. The Mongols did not partake in the gruesome displays that European rulers often resorted to elicit fear and discourage potential enemies -- none of the stretching, emasculating, belly cutting and hacking to pieces that, for example, was soon to happen to William Wallace at the hands of the English. The Mongols merely slaughtered, preferring to do so at a distance.
The city of Nishapur revolted against Mongol rule. The husband of Genghis Khan's daughter was killed, and, it is said, she asked that everyone in the city be put to death, and, according to the story, they were.
Into Azerbaijan, Armenia and Eastern Europe
While Genghis Khan was consolidating his conquests in Persia and Afghanistan, a force of 40,000 Mongol horsemen pushed through Azerbaijan and Armenia. They defeated Georgian crusaders, captured a Genoese trade-fortress in the Crimea and spent the winter along the coast of the Black Sea. As they were headed back home they met 80,000 warriors led by Prince Mstitslav of Kiev. The battle of Kalka River (1223) commenced. Staying out of range of the crude weapons of peasant infantry, and with better bows than opposing archers, they devastated the prince's standing army. Facing the prince's cavalry, they faked a retreat, drawing the armored cavalry forward, taking advantage of the vanity and over-confidence of the mounted aristocrats. Lighter and more mobile, they strung out and tired the pursuers and then attacked, killed and routed them.
In 1225, Genghis Khan returned to Mongolia. He now ruled everything between the Caspian Sea and Beijing. He looked forward to the Mongols benefits of caravan trade and drawing tribute from agricultural peoples in the west and east. He created an efficient pony express system. Wanting no divisions rising from religion, he declared freedom of religion throughout his empire. Favoring order and tax producing prosperity, he forbade troops and local officials to abuse people.
Soon again, Genghis Khan was at war. He believed that the Tangut were not living up to their obligations to his empire. In 1227, around the age of sixty-five, while leading the fighting against the Tangut, Genghis Khan, it is said, fell off his horse and died.
In terms of square miles conquered, Genghis Khan had been the greatest conqueror of all time -- his empire four times larger than the empire of Alexander the Great. The Mongol nation believed that he had been the greatest man of all time and a man sent from heaven. Among the Mongols he was known as the Holy Warrior, and not unlike the Jews, who continued to see hope in a conquering king (messiah) like David, Mongols were to continue to believe that one day Genghis Khan would rise again and lead his people to new victories.

I suppose after the Mongols, it would have to be the Gauls & Huns, then perhaps the Romans.

Having said that, the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Ottoman Empires have all, in their own way, contributed to the world as we know it today.



posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 10:41 AM
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I do not know what people would think of this but, the greatest empire will be the developing one from prophecy, the iron mixed with clay as predicted in the old testiment, some say its the revival of Rome, and guess what its coming together. It says its weak because Iron does not mix with Clay, as we see today they can't mix very well. But economically they will grow and there is still this century for it to come to plan. The revived Roman emipre, with its other foot being America as the people were mainly european anyway. New world order, one currency one religion or no religion, globolisation empire, they do'nt have to get on on a personal level, but maybe on an economic level. Also known as the Beast.

www.antipas.org...

But compared to all military empires I would say the Romans were the greatest for how long they lasted, had the biggest cup of them all Isreal and the Jews under their control amoungst other territories. The biggest is yet to come though. The UN is pretty big.


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posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 10:50 AM
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Originally posted by chinawhite
fact that not many people know is that the Jin dynasty was fighting 2 enimies. the mongols and the sourthern song dynasty.

find any country in that year that could have beaten the mongols and the southern song


Umm.. so now the ancient chinese empire was only the Jin dynasty and not the Song??

When/what/where was this chinese empire..

And the british ruled a lot of territory in its prime.. It was a "Great Empire" ins every sense of the word..



posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 11:02 AM
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Originally posted by Daedalus3

And the british ruled a lot of territory in its prime.. It was a "Great Empire" ins every sense of the word..

Firstly, this is a thread abot what was the world's best military ever, not what was the world's greatest empire ever, so if you're saying that the British army was the best or one of the best, you must be joking.

Secondly, the British colonial empire was big, but the Mongolian empire was bigger. The Mongolians conquered almost all of Asia (excluding India, Indochina, Japan and part of the Middle East) and they also conquered Russia.



posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 11:04 AM
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Originally posted by FredT
The US Military hands down currently.


I Agree, the US Military is currently the Best!

Also, as other have said, You have to go by the era. Different eras had very different weapons. The weapons have made major changes in strategy and tactics! For example: The Romans often mounted massive charges. If you did that today, on a battle feild of machine guns, mine feilds, barbed wire, and missiles, you would loose hundreds if not thousands of people.

Some of history's best include: the Romans, the Mores, Huns, & The French under Napoleon.

Tim



posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 11:14 AM
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the U.S. of course since the birth of the nation even wen we downsize the military we were able to build a formidable military force at a fast pace wen goin to war. we are superior in all battlefields, from ground, to air, sea, and possible space. no match in technology. able to pour resources in R & D to develop new weapons rapidly, able to adapt, etc.



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