Judging history’s generals purely by how popular they were with their men, who would we rank in the top and bottom ten? I know what you’re thinking - anyone known as a great general is on the top, the bunglers on the bottom but that doesn’t seem quite so. Martinets hated by their men can still be great leaders and those too soft and popular could lead to disaster on the battlefield.
In the Civil War Robert E. Lee seems to have been almost universally admired, even by his enemies. World War 2 has a lot of examples - Omar Bradley had a reputation as a solid ‘soldier’s general’ who would get the job done with maximum use of American tech and minimum loss of GIs; a trait definitely shared with Eisenhower. Montgomery, despite his spectacular failures in Holland and across the Rhine also had the admiration of his men as despite his ego he did his best not to get them killed.
On the other side of it…I think any officers who had a whiff of ‘Custer Syndrome’ about them; after the glory no matter the cost would be none too popular. The World War II Marshall Zhukov was one of the best generals in the war, but his men were terrified by him and with good reason.
What other examples are there of generals notable for their popularity with the enlisted men, or lack thereof?