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1. Who am I? Born in 356 B.C, I never lost a battle in eleven years of combat. Perhaps my greatest tactical manoeuvre was my victory on the river Issus, where my numerically superior foe retreated so quickly, I was able to take his mother, wife and children captive. After conquering much of Asia, I began to return to my European home, but died of illness at the age of 33.
2. Who am I? I fought as a young officer in WWI, earning the Pour le Mérite for leading a bayonet charge against an Italian stronghold. In WWII, I continued to excel in several theaters of the war, being wounded during the fighting after D-Day. After being implicated in a 'treasonous' plot, I committed suicide, and received a full State funeral.
3. Who am I? Known as the 'conqueror of the conqueror', I served my nation's armed forces from a young age, leading my troops to many victories, eventually becoming Prime Minister. I fought my last battle at Waterloo in 1815.
4. Who am I? I was one of the finest Admirals to have ever served on the high seas. My exceptional leadership during the naval battle that pitted the worlds two largest fleets against each other is still studied by modern naval officers. I was killed in battle, aboard my flagship 'Victory', by a sniper positioned on an enemy ship.
5. Who am I? I led my troops to conquer much of Europe. After dispatching my mistress' enemy, the King of Pontus, I said "Veni, Vidi, Vici". I was killed by disloyal political assassins.
6. Who am I? My famous writings on war include the well quoted phrases 'know the enemy, know yourself, and your victory will be inevitable' and 'avoid strength, attack weakness'. My most famous publication has 13 chapters.
7. Who am I? I was born into an influential family on the Onon River in the 12th century. As a military leader, I reorganised my units into groupings of 10. 10 men to a squad, 10 squads to a company, etc. My very mobile army was almost entirely cavalry of one kind or another, half being heavy cavalry, and the remainder being light cavalry archers. I established an empire that lasted for over 150 years.
8. Who am I? A contemporary naval leader, I was missing two fingers on my left hand due to battle injuries suffered as a young officer. Later in life, I was deliberately targeted by enemy fighter planes when the code containing my flight plan was broken.
9. Who am I? I was an illegitimate child of the 18th century. I completely revolutionised my highly disciplined army by replacing ranged weapons for close quarters weapons. Tactically, I used the 'buffalo' formation to great advantage. Later in life I was murdered by my half-brothers.
10. Who am I? A U-boat captain of WWI, I went on to develop the Kriegsmarine's WWII Atlantic "wolfpack" strategy. I succeeded Hitler and surrendered to the Allies.
11. Who am I? An artillery officer, I was used to great effect in quashing domestic rebellion in my home country. I went on to lead my country in many victories across Europe. Leaving my subordinates in charge of annexing Spain, my army suffered major problems. My troops nicknamed me 'the little corporal' due to my leadership presence at the front line.
12. Who am I? Born in Austria in 1889, I showed little promise when I failed high school. Growing up in the pre-war years as a postcard artist, I later served in WWI as an infantry soldier and foot-messenger. I was wounded twice, once as a victim of Allied gas attack. I was decorated for bravery four times. I later went on to have a successful life in politics, leading my party to a slim electoral victory.
13. Born as an illegitimate son to the Duke of Normandy, I was protected from my many enemies by the French King. Invading one of my neighbouring countries, I won the pivotal Battle of Hastings and was crowned King in 1066.
14. Who am I? A Russian General during WWII, I defended Leningrad (now St. Petersberg) and later in 1941 also Moscow against German attack, and later routed the 6th Army at Stalingrad with the same tenacity. I defeated the Germans at Kursk, and led the final assault on Berlin.
15. Who am I? I sustained a fifteen year campaign against the Roman legions, by using innovative cavalry techniques. Rather than wait for the Romans to attack my home Carthage, I invaded Italy with my war elephants.
16. Who am I? I would be the first to say that I am one of the finest frontline commanders of WWII. I came from a wealthy Virginian family with a history of military service. It took me an extra year to eventually pass my exams and graduate from West Point in 1909. I commanded the first ever armoured unit of the United States in 1917, and won the Distinguished Service Medal in 1918. My WWII career was nearly destroyed when I slapped an unwounded soldier who was suffering battle fatigue, calling him a coward.
17. Who am I? A German General, I was mostly responsible for the expansion of the Panzer force in the 1930s. It was my blitzkrieg tactics that resulted in lightning victories in Poland and France. I was sacked by Hitler when I disobeyed his order and withdrew the troops from outside Moscow. Reinstated in 1943, I was again sacked in 1945 for arguing with Hitler over the necessity to accept Allied terms of surrender.
18. One of the founding members of the Chinese Communist Party, I helped organise the creation of the Red Army. Battling against stronger Nationalist forces, I was forced into a six thousand mile retreat, which became known as "the Long March". I declared the People's Republic of China on October 20, 1949.
19. I am arguably the single greatest tank commander in WWII. Initially commanding an armoured car, I graduated to commander of a Stug III self propelled anti-tank gun before being given a Tiger in 1942. I had a confirmed total of 141 tank, and 132 anti tank gun kills to my name. I died in battle towards the end of WWII.
20. I was the first Samurai to unite all of Japan under the leadership of one Daimyo. Born as a peasant, I worked my way up the Samurai ranks, earning the trust and respect of my mentor, Oda Nobunaga. When he was murdered, I avenged his death in true Samurai tradition and gained the title of "Imperial Regent". (The title of "Shogun" was in abeyance at the time).
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