Jul 28, 2014

Sun Wu -- Master of war

Sun Wu, better known as Sun Tzu or Sunzi, wan an ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher who is traditionally believed to be the author of The Art of War, an influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, Sun Tzu's The Art of War grew in popularity and saw practical use in Western society. His work continues to influence both Asian and Western culture and politics.

Wang Jian -- the general who followed Qin Shihuang (Ying Zheng) to unify six states of China

Wang Jian was a military leader of Qin (state) in the Warring States Period. He is the onle one general who never lost a battle as most prestigious four generals in the Warring States Period which including Wang Jian, Bai Qi, Lian Po, Li Mu.

Huo Qubing -- Flying General of the Western Han Dynasty

Huo Qubing, born in Linfen (China's Shanxi province now), was a general of the western Han dynasty under Emperor Wu. Being the illegitimate son of Wei Shaoer, he was the nephew of Wei Qing and Empress Wei Zifu.

Although raised in reasonable prosperity during the early glory days of the Wei family, he exhibited outstanding military talent as a teenager. Deployed as a commander in Wei Qing's expeditions, Huo Qubing regularly led his own troops deep into enemy territory and inflicted great defeats on the Xiongnu with rapid running assaults, on one occasion claiming victory by capturing the Xiongnu artifact Golden Statue. As a result, he gained great favour with the Emperor.

Huo Qubing died at the early age of 24 due to a plague, possibly the result of a primitive form of biological warfare.

Zu Ti -- ambition of northern expedition in the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420)

Zu Ti, born in Hebei proince, was a respected general in the early of the Eastern Jin Dynasty.

Gao Changgong -- the last backbone of the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577)

Changgong, whose formal name was Gao Su, was also known as Prince of Lanling as his princedom was Lanling County. He was a high ranking general of the Northern Qi Dynasty. According to The Book of Northern Qi, Gao Changgong had a beautiful face thus he always wore a terrible mask when he fought in battles.

His most famous battle was the rescue of the siege of Jinyong (now in Luoyang City) in 564 A.D. Gao Changgong lead only 500 cavalries and assaulted through the prevailing army of Northern Zhou. He fought to the gate of the city. The soldiers of Jinyong couldn't recognize him, so he took off his helmet and mask. The soldiers in the city acclaimed and were recharged with courage. They open the gate and join the battle outside the city. Soon the army of Northern Zhou was defeated.

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