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Three Deployments

 

Disciplines > WarfareThe Six Secret Teachings > 4.2 Three Deployments

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Teaching set

Tiger Secret Teachings 4.2 (32)

Observed lessons

  • Consider the different ways of deploying forces, based on different key factors.

Discussion

The three deployments are 'Heavenly', 'Earthly' and 'Human'. 'Heavenly' means aligning with the stars (astrological). 'Earth' means aligning with territory. 'Human' means using horses and chariots or both civil and martial means. Civil means of warfare include diplomacy and spying.

These are probably not a complete set of considerations, although they could be used as a simple test framework by asking whether weather, geography and human elements have been taken account of during planning.

See also

Six Kinds of Terrain, Nine Varieties of Ground, Using Spies

 

Sawyer, R.D. (1993). The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China, Basic Books

 

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