Top 10 Ever-victorious Generals in Chinese History
Sun Wu -- Master of war
Sun Wu, better known as Sun Tzu or Sunzi, wan an ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher who is traditionally believed to be the author of The Art of War, an influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy.
During the 19th and 20th centuries, Sun Tzu's The Art of War grew in popularity and saw practical use in Western society. His work continues to influence both Asian and Western culture and politics.
Wang Jian was a military leader of Qin (state) in the Warring States Period. He is the onle one general who never lost a battle as most prestigious four generals in the Warring States Period which including Wang Jian, Bai Qi, Lian Po, Li Mu.
Huo Qubing -- Flying General
Huo Qubing, born in Linfen (China's Shanxi province now), was a general of the western Han dynasty under Emperor Wu. Being the illegitimate son of Wei Shaoer, he was the nephew of Wei Qing and Empress Wei Zifu.
Although raised in reasonable prosperity during the early glory days of the Wei family, he exhibited outstanding military talent as a teenager. Deployed as a commander in Wei Qing's expeditions, Huo Qubing regularly led his own troops deep into enemy territory and inflicted great defeats on the Xiongnu with rapid running assaults, on one occasion claiming victory by capturing the Xiongnu artifact Golden Statue. As a result, he gained great favour with the Emperor.
Huo Qubing died at the early age of 24 due to a plague, possibly the result of a primitive form of biological warfare.
Zu Ti, born in Hebei proince, was a respected general in the early of the Eastern Jin Dynasty.
Gao Changgong -- the last backbone of the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577)
Changgong, whose formal name was Gao Su, was also known as Prince of Lanling as his princedom was Lanling County. He was a high ranking general of the Northern Qi Dynasty. According to "The Book of Northern Qi", Gao Changgong had a beautiful face thus he always wore a terrible mask when he fought in battles.
His most famous battle was the rescue of the siege of Jinyong (now in Luoyang City) in 564 A.D. Gao Changgong lead only 500 cavalries and assaulted through the prevailing army of Northern Zhou. He fought to the gate of the city. The soldiers of Jinyong couldn't recognize him, so he took off his helmet and mask. The soldiers in the city acclaimed and were recharged with courage. They open the gate and join the battle outside the city. Soon the army of Northern Zhou was defeated.
Li Jing -- the founder of The Tang Dynasty
Li Jing, né Yaoshi, formally Duke Jingwu of Wei, was a general and one time chancellor of the Tang Dynasty in China.
In 630, Li Jing defeated the Eastern Tujue Jiali Khan Ashina Duobi with just 3,000 cavalry soldiers in a surprise attack, allowing Tang to subjugate Eastern Tujue and reduce it to a vassal state. He and Li Shiji were considered the two most prominent early Tang generals.
Yue Fei -- repay the country with supreme loyalty
Yue Fei, style name Pengju, was a military general during the era of the Southern Song Dynasty. His ancestral home was in Xiaoti, Yonghe Village, Tangyin, Xiangzhou, Henan (in present-day Tangyin County, Anyang, Henan province).
He is best known for leading the defense of Southern Song against invaders from the Jurchen-ruled Jin Dynasty in northern China, before being put to death by the Southern Song government.
Yue Fei was widely seen as a patriot and national hero in China, since after his death, Yue Fei has evolved into a standard epitome of loyalty in Chinese culture.
Chang Yuchun -- Chang Ten Thousand
Chang Yuchun, style name Boren and pseudonym Yanheng, was a Chinese military general. He was a follower of the Ming Dynasty's founder, Zhu Yuanzhang, and contributed greatly to the founding of the dynasty. Chang was famous for his bravery and formidable prowess in battle, which earned him the nickname of "Chang Ten Thousand", because he alone was said to be as effective as a force of 10,000 troops.
Sun Liren -- Rommel of the East
Sun Li-jen was a Kuomintang (KMT) General, best known for his leadership in the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Civil War. His achievements earned him the laudatory nickname "Rommel of the East". His New 1st Army was reputed as the "1st (Best) Army under heaven" and credited with defeating the most Japanese troops.
Xu Shiyou -- a general of legend
Xu Shiyou was a general in the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Born in Xinxian (it belonged to Hubei previously), Xu grew up studying martial arts at the Shaolin Temple for eight years and he later became a soldier in Wu Peifu's warlord army. After having served as a lieutenant in the Kuomintang army, he joined the Chinese Communist Party in 1927.
In September 1955,he was awarded the rank of general, an honor Medal, an Medal of Independence, a Liberation Medal.
On October 22, 1985, he died in Nanjing.