Oh yeah. Drop a high-level member of any of the warrior classes into a mass combat and it was kind of like a wandering Fireball spell.* Which always reminded me of a sequence from one of DC Comics’ last stories about Paul Kirk, The Manhunter.Any high level character is capable of matching up with veritable armies in AD&D.
Alongside other heroes- most notably Batman- he is fighting his way through massed hordes of agents to get into the stronghold of his enemies. As he pushes through, he mentally criticized Batman for taking too much time with the more competent enemies in the group, while Kirk himself was just mowing down mooks.**
* the decision to drop the rules that permitted this from later editions was probably a major secondary contributor to the perception some have that warriors were mechanically inferior to spellcasters, thus less fun to play.
** it wasn’t that Kirk thought he was a better combatant than Batman, because they were pretty evenly matched, with Batman probably having the edge, one on one. But with time being of the essence, Batman kept picking out more skilled opponents, slowing him down, while Kirk was simply trying to get access as quickly as possible, and thus took the literal path of least resistance.