Testing Enemy General
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Second part : 4 : 5
- A way to understand an enemy's leader is to send in some light shock
troops as a test of their response.
- When the shock troops retreat, watch how the enemy acts. A wise leader
is indicated by:
- Troops moving and stopping together and otherwise showing discipline.
- Pursuing and feigning being unable to catch up.
- Pretending not to realize an easy gain.
- On the other hand, an unwise leader is indicated by:
- Troops that approach yelling and screaming.
- Movement in disarray and with little discipline.
- Weapons are not held or used properly.
- Wild pursuit, as if they fear not catching you.
- Being afraid to take a perceived advantage.
How troops behave reflects how they are trained and managed by officers. How
officers train and manage their troops reflect how they are directed by the
overall leader. How people behave in general can be seen as culture. When
culture becomes ingrained it is very difficult to change.