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Disciplines > WarfareWu Zi's Art of War > Chaos and Communication

Chapter | Observed lessons | Discussion | See also

 

Chapter

Second part : 5 : 1

Observed lessons

  • Ensure signals are perceived and understood in a timely way by all troops, lest they become confused.
  • Use signals suitable for the situation, for example flags in the day and drums at night.
  • Have a clear signal for all possible actions and ensure everyone understands these.
  • Punish those who disobey signals.

Discussion

These days we have electronic devices which allows complex communication to be sent to everyone important. Yet devices fail and may be captured, and reverting to old fashioned signals, whistles and so on may yet be useful. This is particularly so when soldiers are carrying little and when silence is essential.

It must be clear to troops that orders must be obeyed. Appropriate punishment maybe used when any order is disobeyed, though if this is needed on the battlefield it may indicate a failure in training.

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