quote:True. Hia fanatical obsession with Russia coupled with his "motivational" tactic of not providing his men with winter gear so they'd "win more quickly" was one of the dumbest moves in military history.
Hitler was so awful that many of his greatest leaders hatched a plot to kill him because they didn't believe that the war could be won as long as he was in power.
Had Operation Valkyrie succeeded, Germany would have owned all of Europe between France and Poland and Russia would have owned the rest.
Belisarius- essentially reconquered most of the old Western Empire for Justinian, in a period of about 7 years-- but fell out of favor, and the entire Justinian revitalization fell apart.
Heinz Guderian, (born June 17, 1888, Kulm, Ger.—died May 14, 1954, Schwangau bei Füssen, W.Ger.), German general and tank expert who became one of the principal architects of armoured warfare and the blitzkrieg between World Wars I and II, and who contributed decisively to Germany’s victories in Poland, France, and the Soviet Union early in World War II.
Many of his tactical innovations are in use by US forces to this day.
NOt an American Hero but certain noteworthy and IMO, in terms of his influence in modern warfare, deserving of mention in this thread.