Which American general famously said the words, "I shall return" after being pushed back by the Japanese in WWII?
The Japanese destroyed his Air Force and pushed him out of the Philippines, but before departing, Douglas MacArthur said, "I shall return." It took him more than two years, but he eventually did just that.
Which famed general fought in the Mexican-American War and then became a commander of the Confederate Army?
Robert E. Lee
Robert E. Lee distinguished himself in the Mexican-American War and then became the South's greatest general in the Civil War. Some speculate that if he'd chosen to fight for the Union, the war would have ended much sooner.
Which leader was in charge of American forces as they joined the fight in World War I?
In WWI, Pershing was the man in charge of the American forces as they attacked the Germans in Europe. One of his biggest decisions was to maintain the independence of American forces instead of allowing his soldiers to be integrated into British or French units.
Which American war hero once fought for the British Army?
Before he became a leader for colonial independence, Washington was a star in British forces fighting the French in the French and Indian War. There, he learned some of the tactics that he'd ultimately use against British.
Which man was thrown into disgrace for assaulting his own shell-shocked soldiers ... only to rise again during WWII?
George Patton famously slapped two of his own men for what he perceived as weakness -- they were simply shell-shocked by battle. He was demoted but returned to command the American army as it pushed the Nazis back to Berlin.
In 1847, General Winfield Scott launched America's biggest amphibious assault to date -- with 10,000 men, he landed at Vera Cruz. Then, he and his men marched 200 miles to Mexico City and brought the Mexicans to their knees.
Which general led the Nazis to many battlefield triumphs, but then was forced to commit suicide?
Erwin Rommel served the Nazis faithfully for years but was ultimately implicated in a plot to assassinate Hitler, who gave the general a choice between a disgraceful trial or suicide -- he chose the latter.
Which war hero-turned-president ended up nearly destitute at the end of his life, only to be financially saved by his bestselling memoirs?
Ulysses S. Grant
Grant's post-presidency business misadventures cost him his fortune and he was nearly broke ... and dying of cancer. He wrote his memoirs, which reaped a tidy profit for his family just before he died.
Which general led Carthage to an unlikely victory against Rome during the Battle of Cannae?
At the Battle of Cannae, Hannibal's 50,000 troops faced off against nearly 90,000 Roman soldiers. Using superior tactics, he almost completely destroyed the Roman army and caused great turmoil in the Empire.
Which famous leader was soundly defeated at the Battle of Waterloo?
In 1815, Napoleon's run of stirring victories finally came to an end. A Coalition force soundly beat the French, ending Napoleon's rule of France. He was exiled to a remote island and died a few years later.
Which man led the construction of the American Army during WWII?
When America was dragged into WWII, it had a small, antiquated fighting force. George Marshall gutted many leadership positions and transformed the U.S. into an incredibly potent army rivaled in power only by the Soviets.
Who was the ruler of Macedonia and also conquered the Persian Empire?
Alexander the Average
Alexander the Great
Born around 350 BC, Alexander the Great ruled the Greek kingdom of Macedon. He conquered much of Asia and Africa ... and never lost a battle. He's considered one of the most influential people in the history of humanity.