It is always fun to start "Who was the best?" arguments. Here is my list in relation to 17th C and 18th C. Q1. Who was the best General? A1. Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov (Алекса́ндр Васи́льевич Суво́ров, r Aleksandr Vasil‘evich Suvorov; Russian Prince and Generalissimo born 1729 – died 1800). Suvorov is one of the few generals in history who NEVER lost a battle, being undefeated in over 60 large battles while frequently being at a numerical disadvantage. Many historians consider Suvorov the greatest general of all time. Q2. Which was the best unit of its own era.? A2. Many consider the Polish Winged Hussar to be the greatest unit of its own era. Q3. Who was the bravest General? A3. My personal pick is Ney. The Wikipedia entry says "Michel Ney (French pronunciation: [miʃɛl ˈnɛ]), 1st Duc d'Elchingen, 1st Prince de la Moskowa (10 January 1769 – 7 December 1815), popularly known as Marshal Ney, was a French soldier and military commander during the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. He was one of the original 18 Marshals of the Empire created by Napoleon. He was known as Le Rougeaud ("red faced" or "ruddy") by his men and nicknamed le Brave des Braves ("the bravest of the brave") by Napoleon. Q4. Who was the best Nemesis of Napoleon? A4. Many would name the Duke of Wellington. who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo. Some would name Heinrich Friedrich Karl Reichsfreiherr[a] vom und zum Stein (25 October 1757 – 29 June 1831), commonly known as Baron vom Stein for various historical reasons. My vote goes to... Admiral Sir William Sidney Smith, KCB, GCTE, KmstkSO, FRS (21 June 1764 – 26 May 1840) was a British naval officer. Serving in the American and French revolutionary wars, he later rose to the rank of admiral. Napoleon Bonaparte, reminiscing later in his life, said of him: "That man made me miss my destiny". It's very interesting to read his story.