Who is history’s greatest badass, and why?

Mudassir Ali
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 04, 2020 03:43 PM

Menelik II of Ethiopia, for delivering the first blow to white-supremacy. He skilfully maneuvered the Italian colonist at the battle of Adwa and delivered a devastating blow to the Italians. The victory kept Ethiopia independent and free of colonialism, additionally it was a victory to non-white people of the world who were under the iron grip of White-Supremacy from China to Cuba, Palestine to Azania (South Africa). Victory over white-supremacy
Toussaint L’Ouverture, for Leading Hundreds of Thousands of Slaves to fight and defeat three of the world’s powerful Armies (French, British, & Spanish), sometimes all at once. Decimating Napoleon’s Army of some 20,000 soldiers., forcing Napoleon to sell the Louisiana Territory to the US to raise new army. Establishing the freest nation in the western hemisphere in 1800s (the constitution declared, if any one calling himself master set foot one the soil of Haiti, such person will loose his head)
Theodore Roosevelt, for giving a speech with a fresh bullet wound; human, bear and cougar fighting; getting a medal of honor and a nobel peace prize, etc.
Inés Ramírez, for successfully performing a caesarean on herself using a kitchen knife.
Hideaki Akaiwa, for swimming through his tsunami-ravaged town to save his wife, mother and countless others single-handedly.
Harriet Tubman (codename “Moses”) who escaped from slavery herself and then went back 13 times to rescue 70 more people.
Julius Caesar for founding the Roman Empire and the Pax Romana. (He did not, it was Augustus Caesar).
Henry E. Erwin, Medal of Honor, carrying/disposing of a prematurely ignited white phosphorous bomb (burning at 1100 degrees) before it blew up his B-29 bomber.
Sir Douglas Bader.
Andrew Jackson, for finding a use for a 1.5-ton block of cheese and a lifetime filled with acts of general bad-assary. Some points deducted, however, for a lifetime filled with acts of actually being an ass.
Edward “Blackbeard” Teach.
Tsutomu Yamaguchi for surviving not one but two atom bombs.
Otto Skorzeny for gliding into a mountain and rescuing Mussolini, operating behind enemy lines for a year, escaping after the war and founding ODESSA. Also, that scar.
Hannibal of Carthage, reinvented warfare, quoted for the phrase ‘Find or Make a Way’, whose exploits, brilliant strategy and tactical genius are lessons required for all military leaders to learn from. Domesticated and trained elephants to fight in wars and to cross mountains.
Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, The second Caliph of the rashidun empire who helped facilitate the growth of Islam on a geographical, political and spiritual level.
Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist, former member of the Nazi Party and possibly the most famous “Righteous Gentile” who is credited with saving as many as 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust.
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John Cate
John Cate, studied at Strayer University
Answered Aug 1, 2017 · Upvoted by Brayden Swanson, Studied history extensively for six years and Lyonel Perabo, B.A. in History. M.A in related field (Folkloristics)

A guy who died 1,540 years ago. He started out as the bastard son of the chieftain of a relatively unimportant Germanic tribe, most likely near Lake Balaton in modern Hungary around the year 389.

By the time he’d died, he’d destroyed one empire, terrorized another, established a homeland for his people, immortalized their name in history, and done something even Hannibal couldn’t do—take Rome in the name of Carthage.

This badass among badasses is King Gaiseric of the Vandals, who ruled his people from 428–477. Several years ago, I wrote a short biography on him, which you can read on my personal website: Gaiseric.

Gaiseric was the son of King Godigisel of the Hasdingi branch of the Vandals, born to one of Godigisel’s concubines or slave women. However, this wasn’t the social impediment in ancient Germanic society that it was in other cultures. Gaiseric was born with a club-foot that made it impossible for him to mount a horse without assistance, but he was by all accounts a military genius, and a man who later directed his energies toward sea power because of his handicap. Even before he became King of the Vandals, he had created a formidable fleet of war galleys. As a young man, he witnessed the famous breaching of the Rhine on New Year’s Eve in 405, and was second-in-command to his brother Gunderic when Gunderic was killed in battle with the Visigoths in 428. At the time, the Vandals had settled in southern Spain, but were outnumbered by the Goths.

Gaiseric was elected as the new Vandal war-chief, but initially declined the title of reiks (king). He negotiated a deal with a rebellious Roman governor in North Africa, brought his 80,000 people across, and then took over himself. On 19 October 439, he captured the city of Carthage and its Roman fleet, made the city his capital, finally accepted the title of King, and for the next 29 years Gaiseric and his powerful Vandal fleet were the scourge of the Mediterranean. He sometimes commanded the fleet himself, with the order “Let God take us to those He is angry with!”

He conquered Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica and the Balearics, ironically creating an empire with the exact borders of Carthage at the time of the outbreak of the Punic Wars. In 455, he attacked Rome itself, and bluffed the Pope into opening the gates of the city for him. The Emperor fled the city and was killed by his own people. Somewhere, I like to imagine Hannibal was smiling. At long last, reborn Carthage had humbled Rome.

In 468, both halves of the Roman Empire launched a combined land and sea assault on Gaiseric’s kingdom; the Eastern Emperor Leo all but bankrupted his treasury to fund the attack. The Vandals suffered serious reverses on land and sea, but in a last stand at Cape Bon (Promontorium Mercurii), the Vandal fleet destroyed the main Roman squadron, and the commander of one of the other Roman attack forces suddenly turned up assassinated. Gaiseric had won a war against the military might of the entire Roman Empire—in the last battle that the Romans ever fought as a united force. The defeat caused the Western half of the empire to soon totter to its destruction.

Gaiseric avenged himself on Leo by sending his fleet to mercilessly raid Roman commerce and ports for the next several years. After Leo died, his successor Zeno (who as a general had beaten back the worst of the Vandals’ raids) made peace with the Vandals. Gaiseric freed all of the Roman captives he held and required no other terms than the recognition of his independence.

Less than two years later, on 25 January 477, he died, probably about 88 years old. After he died, the Vandal kingdom declined swiftly, because the north African tribes had feared and submitted to Gaiseric, but not to any other Vandal.

I’ve always regarded him as one of the greatest military leaders of all time, of any country or historical era.

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