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George Washington named Britain's 'greatest-ever foe'

world Updated: Apr 15, 2012 12:53 IST

George Washington, who led the US victory over Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, has been named as the UK's greatest-ever foe, according to a survey which included Tipu Sultan and Rani of Jhansi.

In the second place after the first American President was Irish leader Michael Collins, followed by French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, German Field Marshal during World War II Erwin Rommel, and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder and first President of Turkey.

The top five were selected from an initial list of 20 candidates, drawn up by UK's National Army Museum's curators, to identify the country's most outstanding military opponent, 'The Daily Telegraph' reported.

Most of the 20 fought in various colonial wars against Britain, such as Ntshingwayo kaMahole, the Zulu leader and victor of Isandlwana, one of the UK army's greatest military defeats, and Tipu Sultan, known as the "Tiger of Mysore", who resisted British expansion in India.

Alongside Rommel, the only Second World War leader was Tomoyuki Yamashita, the Japanese commander who oversaw the fall of Singapore.

The one woman on the list was Rani of Jhansi, Lakshmi Bai, who was one of the leading figures of 1857 revlot and a symbol of resistance to the rule of the British East India Company in the subcontinent.