Last updated: 15 March 2012
Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins has captured voters’ support and is currently leading the National Army Museum’s latest public poll. Enemy Commanders: Britain’s Greatest Foes challenges voters to choose from a 20-strong shortlist of the military leaders who have dealt the British Army the biggest blow.
Ahead of St Patrick’s Day, there has been a huge surge in votes for Collins, who this week pinched pole position from firm favourite Napoleon and left other front-runners, like Rommel and Washington, floundering in his wake.
Collins’s place in the National Army Museum’s top 20 list of formidable foes is clear. An outstanding leader during the Irish War of Independence, he fought the British to a standstill with an army that never exceeded more than 3,000 active volunteers at any given time. He also had an instinctive understanding of the strengths and limitations of guerrilla warfare.
However, there is still plenty of time for Collins’s rivals to stage a comeback. The online voting runs until Friday 30 March 2012. The top five commanders, as determined by the public, will then go forward to be represented at an all-day celebrity speaker event on Saturday 14 April 2012. Only the votes registered at this live event will count towards the naming of the overall winner. So vote now to see your favourite foe in the final five!
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