The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 13 – Employing Spies Marching an army of 100000 men 300 or so miles means spending 1000 golds pieces a day These men will be away from their families & farms affecting 700000 families Armies can remain inContinue Reading

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 12 – Incendiary Attacks 5 types of incendiary attacks to incinerate men to incinerate provisions to incinerate supply trains to incinerate armories to incinerate formations Choice depends on the conditions at the time You must be prepared toContinue Reading

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 11 – Nine Terrains Different types of terrain: Dispersive terrain – when feudal lords fight in their own territory Don’t engage the enemy here Light terrain – entering into another’s territory but not deeply Don’t stop here ContentiousContinue Reading

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 10 – Configurations of Terrain There are 6 kinds of terrain Accessible – free to both you & the enemy. Be there before the enemy in high & sunny spots. Guard your supply lines Entangling – can beContinue Reading

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 9 – Maneuvering the Army Encamping the army & observing the enemy’s sights: Pass quickly over mountains & stay near valleys Camp in high places facing the sun Don’t climb mountains & hills to fight Once over aContinue Reading

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 8 – Nine Changes After you receive orders from the ruler. unite the army & assemble the masses, know these: Don’t camp on a difficult terrain Unite at a crossroads Don’t stay on an isolated terrain Make plansContinue Reading

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 7 – Military Combat General strategy for employing the army: General receives command from the ruler, unites the armies, assembles masses, confronts the enemy Difficult to turn the circuitous to the straight & turning adversity into advantage IfContinue Reading

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 6 – Vacuity & Substance Getting to the battle first to wait for the enemy’s arrival puts you at ease If you have to run far from the conflict, you’ll be tired A winner forces men to doContinue Reading

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 5 – Strategic Military Power If you fight with large numbers, learn to simplify things by dividing your army into a few units In order to withstand the enemy, you’ll need the orthodox & unorthodox An army smashesContinue Reading

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 4 – Military Disposition In the old days, to get good at war, you had to become unconquerable while waiting for the enemy to be conquerable Being unconquerable is your job Making you conquerable is the enemy’s jobContinue Reading

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 3 – Planning Offenses Preserving the enemy’s capital is best Destroying it is second best Preserving the enemy’s army, battalions, companies & squads is best Destroying them is second best Winning 100 battles isn’t as good as subjugatingContinue Reading

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 2 – Waging War Strategy to use the military In order to mobilize your troops, they have to be given attack support, provisions, money for advisers & materials Drawn-out battles, will ruin weapons & fighting strength Attacking citiesContinue Reading

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 1 – Initial Estimations Warfare is the biggest affair of the state because it is the basis of life & death, survival & extinction for a group of people – It ought to be analyzed 5 Factors toContinue Reading