Online voters chose from an assortment of Britain’s historical military adversaries and the five finalists—George Washington, Michael Collins, Napoleon Bonaparte, Erwin Rommel and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk—moved on to the final round in which they were defended at an all-day speaker event attended by 70 voters. Collins came in second with 14 votes to Washington’s 30. [Emphasis added]
This is from the Telegraph:
Stephen Brumwell, author and specialist on eighteenth century North America, said: “Washington scores highly as an enemy of Britain on three key grounds: the immense scale of damage he inflicts upon Britain’s Army and Empire—the most jarring defeat that either endured; his ability to not only provide inspirational battlefield leadership but to work with civilians who were crucial to sustain the war-effort; and the kind of man he was. As British officers conceded, he was a worthy opponent.”
Conceded. Still grudging, after all these years!
* I think that, technically, this is untrue.
IMAGE: Our media editor, Donna Lucey, has been compiling some cool George Washington images of late, and this is one: The Spirit Still Lives, a recruitment poster from 1918 (Library of Congress)