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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2019 9:00 p.m. PST

… Unknown Korean Admiral?

"Admiral Yi Sun-Sin is a well known national hero in Korea, but he is often overlooked in the West. Yet, many historians place him on the same level as Horatio Nelson and the best admirals in world history.

He famously never lost a battle or even a single ship. His revolutionary contributions to naval warfare and remarkable naval skills should not be overlooked. As an admiral, Yi managed to overcome superior forces on numerous occasions, including one battle where he was outnumbered at least 20 to one…"
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Patrick R06 Sep 2019 1:24 a.m. PST

It's one thing to be a military genius and a radical innovator, it's a whole different ballgame when you're loyal despite everyone else trying to stab you in the back not just once or twice, but many times over just because you're so amazingly brilliant the people whose asses you repeatedly saved can't abide you.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2019 12:03 p.m. PST



Lion in the Stars07 Sep 2019 11:53 a.m. PST

Yeah, I would have to rank Admiral Yi Sun Sin as very close to the top of all military leaders, land or sea. I'd be very hard-pressed to name a better naval commander, though.

Even Admiral Togo, not exactly a fan of any Korean, said:
"It may be proper to compare me with Nelson, but not with Korea's Yi Sun-sin, for he has no equal." (The Imjin War, by Samuel Hawley, pg. 490)

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 4:00 p.m. PST



awmac312 Sep 2019 3:10 p.m. PST

Great movie about Yi Sun Sin after he was deprived of his turtle ships called The Admiral: Roaring Currents (

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