Last updated: 14 April 2012
George Washington has been voted Britain’s Greatest Enemy Commander in the National Army Museum’s nationwide poll.
After months of fierce online voting, in which Napoleon, Rommel, Collins, Atatürk and Washington have all vied for the top spot, the deciding votes were cast at the Museum’s speaker day on Saturday 14 April. Washington won with 30 votes, beating off his nearest rival by 16 votes.
The final vote concluded a hard-fought contest launched by the Museum back in February, which asked the public to vote online for their top foe. From its launch on 13 February to its close on 31 March, the online voting site attracted almost 8,000 votes and over 300,000 web hits.
The top five commanders, as determined by the online poll, then went forward to be represented at the all-day speaker event, where guests voted George Washington as the ultimate foe.
The poll was created to highlight the achievements of Britain’s most celebrated enemies and to draw attention to some of our lesser-known adversaries. In assembling the shortlist the main criterion was that each commander must have led an army against British forces in the field of battle (which saw the exclusion of some political enemies, like Adolf Hitler) and that they must fall within the Museum’s historical remit (from the 17th century onwards). The final selection demonstrates the global nature of the British Army's deployments throughout the centuries.
The National Army Museum explores the impact of the British Army on the story of Britain, Europe and the world; how Britain's past has helped to shape our present and our future and how the actions of a few can affect the futures of many.
The National Army Museum was established by Royal Charter to tell the story of the Land Forces of the Crown wherever they were raised. Opened by the Queen in 1960, it moved to its current site in Chelsea in 1971.