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Weaknesses You Can Attack

 

Disciplines > WarfareWu Zi's Art of War > Weaknesses You Can Attack

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Chapter

First part : 2 : 7

Observed lessons

  • There are 13 situations which make an army vulnerable to attack:
    1. When they have just completed a long journey and are not formed up for battle.
    2. When they have just eaten or are still setting up camp.
    3. If they are moving in a disordered way.
    4. When they have been working hard.
    5. When they have not got territorial or geographic advantage.
    6. When their timing is wrong.
    7. When their flags and other indicators are moving chaotically.
    8. When they have come a long way and are not rested.
    9. When only half of them have crossed a river or other such obstacle.
    10. When they are on treacherous terrain or narrow roads.
    11. When their formations are changing often.
    12. When leaders are separated from their soldiers.
    13. When they are afraid.

Discussion

There are times when you need to be careful when you attack and there are others when you can spot a weakness and determine that a rapid attack will be successful. Many of the above situations indicate that unreadiness of your enemy is a critical factor, as is them being in a state where they are unable to form up to defend themselves.

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http://www.chinese-wiki.com/Wu_Zi_Art_of_War

 

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