Can You Tell Us Where These Famous Military Leaders Are From?
By: John Miller
Image: MASTER SGT. JOSE LOPEZ JR.
About This Quiz
Only a few men make lasting names for themselves in the art of war -- those stalwart generals whose leadership endears them to their men or makes them heroes of the homeland. It’s often easy to pinpoint the war or the era in which these men fought. But in this gunpowder-blasted quiz, do you really know where the following military leaders are from?
The origins of history’s most influential battlefield masters aren’t always obvious. In some cases, generals fight for the countries where they were born … but sometimes they move across borders before they take up arms. In other cases – and we’re looking at you, Mr. Arnold – men start as trusted leaders in one army and then switch sides, making them untrustworthy traitors of the worst kind. Do you think you can pinpoint the regions where guys like George Patton and Alexander the Great came from?
And other times, generals’ names are deceiving. Do you really know the history and ethnicity behind a name like Eisenhower, Khan, Hitler or Franco? We’ll find out of you really know where these men came from, and which nations they led to war.
Take up arms in this globe-trotting war leaders quiz. Let’s find out if you know where these famous commanders are from!
Where was George Washington from?
Colony of Virginia
George Washington, the father of the nation, was born in 1732 in the British colony of Virginia. He proceeded to lead his rebels in a bid for independence from the motherland.
In the 13th century, Genghis Khan spread his Mongolian Empire over vast areas of the world. His hordes of soldiers conquered one village after another, and he eventually laid claim to the biggest empire in human history.
George Washington trusted Benedict Arnold fully … and Arnold betrayed that trust. He was born in the Connecticut Colony but defected to the British during the American Revolution, an act that stained him forever as a traitor.
A native of West Virginia, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson led Confederate forces in the Civil War. He was a masterful tactician, one who was sorely missed after dying from a combination of friendly fire and pneumonia.
In the 4th century, he was a Roman emperor and military leader, one who clawed his way up through the ranks of the army. Constantine the Great was also a proactive leader, one who changed many aspects of the Roman way of life.
In the 1800s, Simón Bolívar shot to fame thanks to his fights for independence in Venezuela and other South American countries. His leadership cast off the powers of the Spanish colonial leaders on the continent.
In the late 1800s, Sitting Bull was a Native American leader who oversaw he defeat of General Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. He was born in the Dakota Territory and died on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.