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Stratagems

The six stratagems in this group are:

  1. Create Something Out Of Nothing
  2. Pretend to Take One Path While Sneaking Down Another
  3. Watch the Fires Burning Across the River
  4. Hide a Knife in a Smile
  5. Sacrifice a Plum Tree to Save a Peach Tree
  6. Take the Opportunity to Pilfer a Goat

Stratagem group

Description

The stratagems in this group are suggested for situations where your opponent is roughly equal in strength to you. A pitched battle would probably be one of attrition with many casualties on both sides. The winner would likely end up so depleted they would then be unable to fight elsewhere.

While many stratagems use deception, this approach becomes more important here when you do not have a strength advantage.

Two main areas for deception are in movement that is misunderstood and misinformation that the enemy takes to be true.

Number

This is the second stratagem group of six.

Alternative names

Stratagems for Two Equal Forces

Discussion

In such cases where nobody has a resource advantage, a clever strategy can be very valuable and deception of various kinds a useful general ploy. The real strength now is in innovation.

Resource is not only soldiers and weapons. The land, the sky, the things around you all are resources. Good innovation uses what is available here and now.

When both are taking this approach, then it is not only a good idea to be innovative yourself, you also have to watch out for tricks that the other side may be playing.

See also

Deception principle, Distraction in war

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