Strategic Thinkers. Nothing but the highest SALUTE for them.
1) Khalid ibn al-Walid AKA Sayf Allah al-Maslul
As a General, he was NEVER (yes, I said NEVER) lost a battle and as a warrior NEVER (yes, I said NEVER again) defeated in a duel. Arguably one of the most successful commanders in history. He is most famous for fighting in 100 battles and NEVER defeated (do you see a pattern here). He defeated the superpower of his time, Rome (yes, I said Rome, a western power – and no I am not making this up) and Persia and during the Battle of Mutah, his 3000 men defeated 200,000 of the Byzantine Empire (take that 300 Spartans). He was a companion of the prophet Muhammad s.a.w.
“I’ve fought in so many battles seeking martyrdom that there is no spot in my body left without a scar or a wound made by a spear or sword. And yet here I am, dying on my bed like an old camel. May the eyes of the cowards never rest.“
2) Erwin Rommel AKA The Dessert Fox
The Dessert Fox was a Generalfeldmarschall (general field marshal) of World War II. The commander of the Deutsches Afrikakorps (Afrika Corps) regarded as having been a humane and professional officer and earned the respect of both of his own troops and his enemies. He is widely regarded as the most skilled commander of dessert warfare during World War II.
“Be an example to your men, in your duty and in private life. Never spare yourself, and let the troops see that you don’tin your endurance of fatigue and privation. always be tactful and well-mannered and teach your subordinates to do the same. Avoid excessive sharpness or harshness of voice, which usually indicates the man who has shortcomings of his own to hide.”
― Erwin Rommel
3) Admiral Yi Sun Shin