The Art of War

The Art Of WarThe Art Of War is one of the definitive text on military strategy and warfare ever since being written in ancient China around 500 BC. ⚔📚

The Nine Situations

Chapter 11 Sun Tzu said: The art of war recognizes nine varieties of ground:(a) Dispersive ground;(b) Facile ground;(c) Contentious ground;(d) Open ground;(e) Ground of intersecting highways;(f) Serious ground;(g) Difficult ground;(h) Hemmed-in ground;(e) Desperate ground. When a chieftain is fighting in his own territory, it is dispersive ground. When he has penetrated into hostile territory, but to no great distance, it is facile ground. Ground …

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Terrain

Chapter 10 Sun Tzu said: We may distinguish six kinds of terrain, to wit:(a) Accessible ground;(b) Entangling ground;(c) Temporizing ground;(d) Narrow passes;(e) Precipitous heights;(f) Positions at a great distance from the enemy. Ground that can be freely traversed by both sides is called accessible. With regard to ground of this nature, be before the enemy in occupying the raised and sunny …

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Maneuvering

Chapter 7 Sun Tzu said: In war, the general receives his commands from the sovereign. Having collected an army and concentrated his forces, he must blend and harmonize the different elements thereof before pitching his camp. After that comes tactical maneuvering, than which their is nothing more difficult. The difficulty of tactical maneuvering consists in …

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Energy

Chapter 5 Sun Tzu said: The control of a large force is the same in principle as the control of a few men: it is merely a question of dividing up their numbers. Fighting with a large army under your command is nowise different from fighting with a small one: it is merely a question …

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On Waging War

Chapter 2 Sun Tzu said: In the operations of war, where there are in the field a thousand swift chariots, ten thousand heavy chariots, and a hundred thousand mail-clad soldiers, with provisions enough to carry them a thousand li,* the expenditure at home and at the front, including entertainment of guests, small items such as …

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