Enemy You Can Attack
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- There are eight conditions when the enemy are vulnerable enough to be
attacked without knowing too much else about them:
- Wind and cold: Where they are on the move, cold and tired.
- Heat: When they hot, thirsty, hungry and in a hurry.
- Exhaustion: When they have been in the field for a long time and are
tired and resentful.
- Scarcity: When resources are low, including food, water, fuel and
- Isolated: When there are few of them, the terrain is awkward and
there is little chance of reinforcement.
- Distant: When they are far from home, tired and anxious.
- Incompetence: When their leaders are weak, irresponsible and
ineffective, so the whole unit lacks cohesion and discipline.
- Unformed: When they are in disarray, such as when they are setting
up camp or straggled out along a route.
Forces are not always ready for battle. In fact there are times, such as in
the eight examples above, where they are positively unready. These are the times
they are most vulnerable and consequently open to easy defeat. Be careful when
assuming the enemy is not ready, as they may be able to form up more quickly
than you expected. They might also be feigning unreadiness in order to draw you
into a trap.