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The Mask of Command by John Keegan

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Alexander the great, the heroic leader, was also known as Alexander III of Macedon. He could be considered to be the most successful commanders in history. Alexander became the king of Macedon after the death of his father Philip III. He successfully quashed a rebellion of the southern Greek city-states. He staged a violent feud against Macedon’ s northern neighbours. Then Alexander the Great set out to conquer the world beginning with the Persian Empire. He successfully defeated and overthrew the Persian Empire and expanded his boundaries up to India, where he was effectively stopped by King Porus and even after a victory his troops refused to move any further due to exhaustion.

After having engaged in about a twelve-year military campaign Alexander died of fever at the age of 32. His legacy and conquests lived long after him and continued to inspire the many battlefront heroes of the future. Arthur WellesleyArthur Wellesley had the titles Duke of Wellington and Marquess Douro bestowed upon him. The Dukedom of Wellington is a hereditary title and a senior rank in the peerage of the United Kingdom.

Wellesley was the first Duke of Wellington. He was an Anglo-Irish soldier and statesman. He was a notable military leader of the nineteenth century. As a colonel, Wellesley saw action in Netherland and later in India. After the fourth Anglo-Mysore War at the Battle of Seringapatnam, he was appointed as the Governor of Mysore. He rose as a General during the Napoleonic wars and later granted Dukedom and promoted to the rank of a field marshal. He accrued victory for the British army in the Battle of Waterloo against Napoleon.

He was given the epithet of the ‘ Iron Duke’ . He served as the prime minister of the United Kingdom for two terms. He remained as the commander in chief of the British Army till death. Ulysses S. Grant was the general and president of the United States of America. He was elected as a Republican. Even though he fought in the battlefront as a commander occasionally, he preferred to commanding from the safer parts of the battlefield.  

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