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#1 Fireice

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 08:33 PM

I am thinking of compelling a list of generals with a perfect record meaning they have never lost a single battle before.

1. Zhou Yu

2. Sima Yi.

3. Sun tzu

4. Han Xin.

5, Yue Fei.

6. Hua Mulan

7. Huo Qubing.

Feel free to add on to the list or correct me if I am wrong

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 09:31 PM

I am thinking of compelling a list of generals with a perfect record meaning they have never lost a single battle before.

1. Zhou Yu

2. Sima Yi.

3. Sun tzu

4. Han Xin.

5, Yue Fei.

6. Hua Mulan

7. Huo Qubing.

Feel free to add on to the list or correct me if I am wrong



Sima Yi was in 231 defeated at Lucheng (by Zhuge Liang). If Sun Tzu is an historical is open to discusion, but Wu of his 'era' was certainly defeated on occaisions.

Famous commanders with no defeats should include Bai Qi, Zhuge Liang, and Li Jing.

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 02:15 AM

Sima Yi was in 231 defeated at Lucheng (by Zhuge Liang). If Sun Tzu is an historical is open to discusion, but Wu of his 'era' was certainly defeated on occaisions.

Famous commanders with no defeats should include Bai Qi, Zhuge Liang, and Li Jing.


The saying that Sima Yi got defeated by Zhuge Liang and Zhuge Liang never lost a single battle is protrayed in romance of 3 kingdom which is not true.

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:07 AM

Dear fireice,

In my opinion, I think the saying that Zhuge Liang had never lost a single battle is untrue. You must have been influenced by Romance of the Three Kingdoms (ROTK). Kindly note that I might be wrong.

For your information, ROTK is 70% fiction and 30% true. If you want the true version of the Three Kingdoms, you should read San Guo Zhi (三国志).

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:22 AM

Hua Mulan was a legendary female sodier. A figure from a folk song. Not credible.
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 12:35 PM

I am thinking of compelling a list of generals with a perfect record meaning they have never lost a single battle before.

1. Zhou Yu

2. Sima Yi.

3. Sun tzu

4. Han Xin.

5, Yue Fei.

6. Hua Mulan

7. Huo Qubing.

Feel free to add on to the list or correct me if I am wrong


Not a single one of them...
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:15 PM

Dear fireice,

In my opinion, I think the saying that Zhuge Liang had never lost a single battle is untrue. You must have been influenced by Romance of the Three Kingdoms (ROTK). Kindly note that I might be wrong.

For your information, ROTK is 70% fiction and 30% true. If you want the true version of the Three Kingdoms, you should read San Guo Zhi (三国志).

Liu Bang


It is samuka who said that not fireice

Not a single one of them...


I dare say you are wrong..

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 10:09 PM

The only generals who I've heard to have a perfect record was Yue Fei and Bai Qi. Of course, talking about victorious battles, especially Chinese ones, are shaky, as generals would often purposely lose battles and engagements to bait enemies. A precise definition of "battle" is required.
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Posted 12 December 2007 - 05:32 PM

I can be wrong with many things, but certainly do not take information from Romance of the 3 Kingdoms. To my knowledge Zhuge Liang fought and won battles at these places:

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south of Pei-shui
Tien Lake

228
ambush south Chencang

229
Jianwei

230
Shouyang

231
Near Chishan
Lucheng
Mumen

Many campaigns were failures and there were places he failed to take by siege, but I do not know of a battle in the open he lost in person.

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 09:43 PM

The only generals who I've heard to have a perfect record was Yue Fei and Bai Qi. Of course, talking about victorious battles, especially Chinese ones, are shaky, as generals would often purposely lose battles and engagements to bait enemies. A precise definition of "battle" is required.


Huo Qubing also have a perfect record.

He won every battle against the xiongnu and in many instances he was greatly outnumbered by the xiongnu.

Han Xin did pretend to be defeated but in actual fact he won in every battle that he fough against Xiang Yu.

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 04:19 PM

Even if Huo Qubing really won all his battles (historical records are no guarantee for this, but let's keep this knockout argument aside), he died at age 24. His military service was so short, that I'd consider him barely noteworthy in the context of this topic.
If you compare generals, you should also put their time of service into account imo.

Edited by DurstigerMann, 22 December 2007 - 04:20 PM.


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Posted 25 December 2007 - 09:42 PM

Even if Huo Qubing really won all his battles (historical records are no guarantee for this, but let's keep this knockout argument aside), he died at age 24. His military service was so short, that I'd consider him barely noteworthy in the context of this topic.
If you compare generals, you should also put their time of service into account imo.


I agree, even though Huo was my favorite historical general and person.

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 10:08 PM

If we can't rely on "historical documents" to determine which generals won which battle, than we can't determine much of anything during a period that is so long ago. But I would say that Huo never led entire battles on his own. Most of the time he was the vanguard of hit and run attacks, as described in the ShiJi. In fact the only battle I can recall that Huo actually completely led was the battle of Mobei, in which Huo controled half the army(It was actually more like two seperate battles instead of one) and defeated the XiongNu's in the eastern theatre.

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 02:19 AM

The only generals who I've heard to have a perfect record was Yue Fei and Bai Qi. Of course, talking about victorious battles, especially Chinese ones, are shaky, as generals would often purposely lose battles and engagements to bait enemies. A precise definition of "battle" is required.


So, I would like to clarify whether generals who purposely lose battles are counted as perfect generals or not?

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 06:04 PM

So, I would like to clarify whether generals who purposely lose battles are counted as perfect generals or not?

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I believe that a feigned defeat is no defeat at all, and the ability to skillfully feign defeat is a property of a brilliant commander.
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