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SUN TZU ON THE ART OF WAR
STEVEN M WINDMILL A TREATISE ON THE ART OF WAR
21 Nov 2009
Sun Tzu and the Art of War
I. LAYING PLANS ................................................................................................................................. 3 . II. WAGING WAR ................................................................................................................................. 4 . III. ATTACK BY STRATAGEM ......................................................................................................... 6 IV. TACTICAL DISPOSITIONS ......................................................................................................... 8 V. ENERGY .............................................................................................................................................. 9 VI. WEAK POINTS AND STRONG ............................................................................................... 11 VII. MANOEUVRING ........................................................................................................................ 13 VIII. VARIATION IN TACTICS ...................................................................................................... 15 IX. THE ARMY ON THE MARCH ................................................................................................. 16 X. TERRAIN ......................................................................................................................................... 19 XI. THE NINE SITUATIONS ........................................................................................................... 21 XII. THE ATTACK BY FIRE ............................................................................................................ 25 XIII. THE USE OF SPIES .................................................................................................................. 27
Professor Steven M Windmill TD
(c) 21 November 2009
9. and the control of military expenditure. cold and heat. Sun Tzu said: The art of war is of vital importance to the State. so that they will follow him regardless of their lives. 3. 12. 5. times and seasons. in your deliberations. LAYING PLANS 1. danger and security. benevolence. the chances of life and death. is governed by five constant factors. sincerely. Heaven. It is a matter of life and death. These five heads should be familiar to every general: he who knows them will be victorious. The Moral Law causes the people to be in complete accord with their ruler. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected. The Commander stands for the virtues of wisdom. 8. Earth. Therefore. the maintenance of roads by which supplies may reach the army. 7. By Method and Discipline are to be understood the marshalling of the army in its proper subdivisions. let them be made the basis of a comparison. 2. when seeking to determine the conditions obtaining in the field. 4. great and small. The art of war. he who knows them not will fail. undismayed by any danger. 11. 10.Sun Tzu and the Art of War I. a road either to safety or to ruin. open ground and narrow passes. courage and strictness. when seeking to determine the military conditions. the graduations of rank among the officers. The Commander. These are: The Moral Law. Method and discipline. Heaven signifies night and day. Earth comprises distances. in this wise:‐‐ Which of the two sovereigns is imbued with the Moral law? Which of the two generals has most ability? With whom lie the advantages derived from Heaven and Earth? On which side is discipline most rigorously enforced? Which army is stronger? On which side are officers and men more highly trained? Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 3 . then. to be taken into account in one's deliberations.
appear where you are not expected. 20. 24. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 4 . one should modify one's plans. According as circumstances are favourable. will reach the total of a thousand ounces of silver per day. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. nor acts upon it. as many heavy chariots. If his forces are united. 21. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Thus do many calculations lead to victory and few calculations to defeat: how much more no calculation at all! It is by attention to this point that I can foresee who is likely to win or lose. The general that hearkens to my counsel. will conquer. Feign disorder. If your opponent is of choleric temper. 18. Hence. when able to attack. and acts upon it. avail yourself also of any helpful circumstances over and beyond the ordinary rules. and sums spent on chariots and armour. when using our forces. we must make him believe we are near. must not be divulged beforehand. If he is taking his ease. WAGING WAR 1. While heading the profit of my counsel. and crush him. we must seem inactive. If he is in superior strength.Sun Tzu and the Art of War In which army is there the greater constancy both in reward and punishment? 13. including entertainment of guests. will suffer defeat ‐ let such a one be dismissed! 15. 17. Such is the cost of raising an army of 100. separate them. 23. where there are in the field a thousand swift chariots. All warfare is based on deception. when far away. 19. 14. seek to irritate him. small items such as glue and paint. be prepared for him. 25. we must seem unable. If he is secure at all points. when we are near. Pretend to be weak. and a hundred thousand mail‐clad soldiers. Attack him where he is unprepared. 16. with provisions enough to carry them a thousand miles. Now the general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple ere the battle is fought. the expenditure at home and at the front. These military devices. that he may grow arrogant. leading to victory.000 men. Sun Tzu said: In the operations of war. evade him. 22. we must make the enemy believe we are far away. By means of these seven considerations I can forecast victory or defeat. give him no rest. Let such a one be retained in command! The general that hearkens not to my counsel. II.
your ardour damped. Bring war material with you from home. and high prices cause the people's substance to be drained away. the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain. Poverty of the State exchequer causes an army to be maintained by contributions from a distance. 13. One cartload of the enemy's provisions is equivalent to twenty of one's own.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 2. the proximity of an army causes prices to go up. breast‐plates and helmets. Hence a wise general makes a point of foraging on the enemy. Now. 3. On the other hand. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 5 . cleverness has never been seen associated with long delays. protective mantles. however wise. other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity. 15. your strength exhausted and your treasure spent. then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardour will be damped. worn‐out horses. when your weapons are dulled. 6. the homes of the people will be stripped bare. Thus. if the campaign is protracted. and three‐tenths of their income will be dissipated. 4. will amount to four‐ tenths of its total revenue. Again. 10. 7. There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare. When their substance is drained away. draught‐oxen and heavy wagons. 12. With this loss of substance and exhaustion of strength. if victory is long in coming. 5. Thus the army will have food enough for its needs. Then no man. Contributing to maintain an army at a distance causes the people to be impoverished. 8. When you engage in actual fighting. while government expenses for broken chariots. the peasantry will be afflicted by heavy exactions. 9. but forage on the enemy. you will exhaust your strength. and likewise a single container of his materiel is equivalent to twenty from one's own store. 11. though we have heard of stupid haste in war. neither are his supply‐ wagons loaded more than twice. will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue. bows and arrows. If you lay siege to a town. It is only one who is thoroughly acquainted with the evils of war that can thoroughly understand the profitable way of carrying it on. spears and shields. The skilful soldier does not raise a second levy.
Now in order to kill the enemy. The rule is. they must have their rewards. let your great object be victory. the man on whom it depends whether the nation shall be in peace or in peril. ATTACK BY STRATAGEM 1. Sun Tzu said: In the practical art of war. So. The captured soldiers should be kindly treated and kept. not to besiege walled cities if it can possibly be avoided. 3. and the chariots mingled and used in conjunction with ours. that there may be advantage from defeating the enemy. 17. and the worst policy of all is to besiege walled cities. 5. not lengthy campaigns. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 6 . The preparation of mantlets. a detachment or a company entire than to destroy them. 19. Such are the disastrous effects of a siege. Thus it may be known that the leader of armies is the arbiter of the people's fate. it is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it. Thus the highest form of Generalship is to balk the enemy's plans. with the result that one‐third of his men are slain. 20. movable shelters. Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence. to shatter and destroy it is not so good. too. our men must be roused to anger. Our own flags should be substituted for those of the enemy. 4. will launch his men to the assault like swarming ants. then. 2. In war. III. the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact. while the town still remains untaken. the next best is to prevent the junction of the enemy's forces. supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. The general. the next in order is to attack the enemy's army in the field. using the conquered foe to augment one's own strength. will take up three whole months. unable to control his irritation. and various implements of war.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 16. to capture a regiment. 18. those should be rewarded who took the first. This is called. and the piling up of mounds over against the walls will take three months more. Therefore in chariot fighting. when ten or more chariots have been taken.
2. (5) He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign. to attack him. he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field. This is simply bringing anarchy into the army. though an obstinate fight may be made by a small force. (2) He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces. without losing a man. It is the rule in war. if quite unequal in every way. being ignorant of the conditions which obtain in an army. There are three ways in which a ruler can bring misfortune upon his army:‐‐ 1. 13. the State will be weak. This is called hobbling the army. the State will be strong. if five to one. Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory: (1) He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. through ignorance of the military principle of adaptation to circumstances. 14. we can flee from him. waits to take the enemy unprepared. Now the general is the bulwark of the State. to divide our army into two. 11. Hence. 9. if our forces are ten to the enemy's one. being ignorant of the fact that it cannot obey. trouble is sure to come from the other feudal princes. If equally matched. 12. By attempting to govern an army in the same way as he administers a kingdom. if the bulwark is defective. if the bulwark is complete at all points. and flinging victory away. Therefore the skilful leader subdues the enemy's troops without any fighting. if twice as numerous. (4) He will win who. we can avoid the enemy. 7. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 7 . in the end it must be captured by the larger force. prepared himself. his triumph will be complete. 8. This is the method of attacking by stratagem. 10. if slightly inferior in numbers. to surround him. By employing the officers of his army without discrimination. This causes restlessness in the soldier's minds. (3) He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks. we can offer battle. By commanding the army to advance or to retreat. and thus. But when the army is restless and distrustful. 3.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 6. he captures their cities without laying siege to them. With his forces intact he will dispute the mastery of the Empire. This shakes the confidence of the soldiers.
4. What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins. Sun Tzu said: The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat. to hear the noise of thunder is no sign of a quick ear. 9. and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy. 11. to see the sun and moon is no sign of sharp sight. To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 15. To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence. Thus on the one hand we have ability to protect ourselves. IV. you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. but excels in winning with ease. 6. a victory that is complete. The general who is skilled in defence hides in the most secret recesses of the earth. Security against defeat implies defensive tactics. If you know yourself but not the enemy. he who is skilled in attack flashes forth from the topmost heights of heaven. ability to defeat the enemy means taking the offensive. for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. Hence his victories bring him neither reputation for wisdom nor credit for courage. on the other. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 8 . attacking. a superabundance of strength. Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself. but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself. you will succumb in every battle. 5. Standing on the defensive indicates insufficient strength. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself. Thus the good fighter is able to secure himself against defeat. 8. "Well done!" 10. 2. but cannot make certain of defeating the enemy. 3. 12. Neither is it the acme of excellence if you fight and conquer and the whole Empire says. To lift an autumn hair is no sign of great strength. TACTICAL DISPOSITIONS 1. 7. Hence the saying: One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.
Victory. Balancing of chances to Calculation. The consummate leader cultivates the moral law. 3. 15. Estimation of quantity. In all fighting. thus it is in his power to control success. 5. Balancing of chances. Estimation of quantity to Measurement. Hence the skilful fighter puts himself into a position which makes defeat impossible. firstly. is as a pound's weight placed in the scale against a single grain.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 13. and does not miss the moment for defeating the enemy. 16. we have. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 9 . Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won. and Victory to Balancing of chances. 18. The onrush of a conquering force is like the bursting of pent‐up waters into a chasm a thousand fathoms deep. 19. 17. and strictly adheres to method and discipline. He wins his battles by making no mistakes. thirdly. for it means conquering an enemy that is already defeated. but indirect methods will be needed in order to secure victory. In respect of military method. Fighting with a large army under your command is nowise different from fighting with a small one: it is merely a question of instituting signs and signals. 20. That the impact of your army may be like a grindstone dashed against an egg‐‐this is effected by the science of weak points and strong. Making no mistakes is what establishes the certainty of victory. fifthly. To ensure that your whole host may withstand the brunt of the enemy's attack and remain unshaken‐‐ this is affected by manoeuvres direct and indirect. V. Measurement. 2. Sun Tzu said: The control of a large force is the same principle as the control of a few men: it is merely a question of dividing up their numbers. A victorious army opposed to a routed one. ENERGY 1. Calculation to Estimation of quantity. the direct method may be used for joining battle. fourthly. Measurement owes its existence to Earth. 14. 4. secondly. whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory. Calculation.
red. 8. according to which the enemy will act. your array may be without head or tail. which the enemy may snatch at it. Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow. Who can exhaust the possibilities of their combination? 12. yet it will be proof against defeat. Thus one who is skilful at keeping the enemy on the move maintains deceitful appearances. simulated fear postulates courage. to the releasing of a trigger. 17. unending as the flow of rivers and streams. There are not more than five cardinal tastes (sour. like the four seasons. sweet. yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. and prompt in his decision. By holding out baits. simulated weakness postulates strength. then with a body of picked men he lies in wait for him. He sacrifices something. white. It is like moving in a circle‐‐you never come to an end. efficiently applied. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 10 . The quality of decision is like the well‐timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim. amid confusion and chaos. and does not require too much from individuals. The clever combatant looks to the effect of combined energy. 10. 14. they pass away to return once more. concealing courage under a show of timidity presupposes a fund of latent energy. yet these two in combination give rise to an endless series of manoeuvres. 9. In battle. salt. 7. 20. 13. 16. Amid the turmoil and tumult of battle. they end but to begin anew.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 6. decision. yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen. there are not more than two methods of attack‐‐the direct and the indirect. yellow. there may be seeming disorder and yet no real disorder at all. 21. There are not more than five musical notes. There are not more than five primary colours (blue. Indirect tactics. are inexhaustible as Heaven and Earth. acrid. Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline. he keeps him on the march. 19. 15. Therefore the good fighter will be terrible in his onset. yet combinations of them yield more flavours than can ever be tasted. The direct and the indirect lead on to each other in turn. The onset of troops is like the rush of a torrent which will even roll stones along in its course. like the sun and moon. and black). bitter). Hence his ability to pick out the right men and utilize combined energy. Hiding order beneath the cloak of disorder is simply a question of subdivision. 18. 11. masking strength with weakness is to be effected by tactical dispositions.
Sun Tzu said: Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy. VI. For it is the nature of a log or stone to remain motionless on level ground. Appear at points which the enemy must hasten to defend. to come to a standstill. and to move when on a slope. 4. Thus the energy developed by good fighting men is as the momentum of a round stone rolled down a mountain thousands of feet in height. will be fresh for the fight. Therefore the clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy. or. to go rolling down. if it marches through country where the enemy is not. through you inaudible. he can cause the enemy to approach of his own accord. by inflicting damage. 6. his fighting men become as it were like unto rolling logs or stones. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 11 . but if round‐shaped. if well supplied with food. 5. 23. 3. march swiftly to places where you are not expected. and he is skilful in defence whose opponent does not know what to attack. he can force him to move. WEAK POINTS AND STRONG 1. Oh divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Through you we learn to be invisible. By holding out advantages to him. When he utilizes combined energy. 2. An army may march great distances without distress. he can harass him. he can starve him out. if four‐ cornered. if quietly encamped. You can ensure the safety of your defence if you only hold positions that cannot be attacked. and hence we can hold the enemy's fate in our hands.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 22. Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend. but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed on him. 7. he can make it impossible for the enemy to draw near. whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted. 9. If the enemy is taking his ease. So much on the subject of energy. You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks if you only attack places which are undefended. 8.
should he strengthen his rear. 11. By discovering the enemy's dispositions and remaining invisible ourselves. I say then that victory can be achieved. Though according to my estimate the soldiers of Yueh exceed our own in number. he will everywhere be weak. 13. Though the enemy be stronger in numbers. we may concentrate from the greatest distances in order to fight. Scheme so as to discover his plans and the likelihood of their success. Hence there will be a whole pitted against separate parts of a whole. we may prevent him from fighting. then the left wing will be impotent to succour the right. which shall advantage them nothing in the matter of victory. If he sends reinforcements everywhere. 14.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 10. from compelling our adversary to make these preparations against us. and even the nearest are separated by several LI! 21. If we do not wish to fight. We can form a single united body. while the enemy's must be divided. 22. if you make for the enemy's weak points. But if neither time nor place be known. the van unable to relieve the rear. and his forces being thus distributed in many directions. For should the enemy strengthen his van. How much more so if the furthest portions of the army are anything under a hundred LI apart. should he strengthen his right. If we wish to fight. he will weaken his right. Knowing the place and the time of the coming battle. for then the enemy will have to prepare against a possible attack at several different points. while the enemy must split up into fractions. he will weaken his left. All we need do is attack some other place that he will be obliged to relieve. our opponents will be in dire straits. or the rear to support the van. And if we are able thus to attack an inferior force with a superior one. the right equally impotent to succour the left. the enemy can be forced to an engagement even though he is sheltered behind a high rampart and a deep ditch. he will weaken his rear. he will weaken his van. 17. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 12 . 20. Numerical weakness comes from having to prepare against possible attacks. 18. should he strengthen his left. which means that we shall be many to the enemy's few. 19. The spot where we intend to fight must not be made known. the numbers we shall have to face at any given point will be proportionately few. numerical strength. You may advance and be absolutely irresistible. we can prevent the enemy from engaging us even though the lines of our encampment are merely traced out on the ground. we can keep our forces concentrated. you may retire and be safe from pursuit if your movements are more rapid than those of the enemy. 12. 15. 16. All we need do is to throw something odd and unaccountable in his way.
the highest pitch you can attain is to conceal them. to contrive to reach the goal before him.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 23. the moon has its periods of waning and waxing. but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances. 29. Force him to reveal himself. Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows. metal. than which there is nothing more difficult. and misfortune into gain. may be called a heaven‐born captain. 34. from the machinations of the wisest brains. most dangerous. and you will be safe from the prying of the subtlest spies. the four seasons make way for each other in turn. just as water retains no constant shape. he must blend and harmonize the different elements thereof before pitching his camp. earth) are not always equally predominant. Rouse him. Carefully compare the opposing army with your own. 26. wood. so that you may know where strength is superabundant and where it is deficient. 4. conceal your dispositions. but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved. 5. The five elements (water. so in warfare there are no constant conditions. All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer. Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory. 3. 30. to take a long and circuitous route. with an undisciplined multitude. the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing. for water in its natural course runs away from high places and hastens downwards. and learn the principle of his activity or inactivity. There are short days and long. 24. The difficulty of tactical manoeuvring consists in turning the devious into the direct. Having collected an army and concentrated his forces. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 13 . after enticing the enemy out of the way. After that. So in war. 32. the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak. 31. 28. so as to find out his vulnerable spots. MANOEUVRING 1. fire. VII. 2. Sun Tzu said: In war. Manoeuvring with an army is advantageous. 25. comes tactical manoeuvring. In making tactical dispositions. 27. How victory may be produced for them out of the enemy's own tactics‐‐ that is what the multitude cannot comprehend. Thus. the general receives his commands from the sovereign. shows knowledge of the artifice of DEVIATION. and though starting after him. 33. He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent and thereby succeed in winning. Therefore. Military tactics are like unto water.
7. the jaded ones will fall behind. 20. 19. 11. cut it up into allotments for the benefit of the soldiery. In war.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 6. is immovability like a mountain. On the other hand. without bases of supply it is lost. We may take it then that an army without its baggage‐train is lost. 17. The Book of Army Management says: On the field of battle. let the spoil be divided amongst your men. you will lose the leader of your first division. its pitfalls and precipices. covering double the usual distance at a stretch. 8. if you order your men to roll up their buff‐coats. 22. When you plunder countryside. fall like a thunderbolt. Whether to concentrate or to divide your troops must be decided by circumstances. its marshes and swamps. 23. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 14 . 9. and only half your force will reach the goal. If you march thirty LI with the same object. when you capture new territory. If you march fifty LI in order to outmanoeuvre the enemy. We are not fit to lead an army on the march unless we are familiar with the face of the country‐‐its mountains and forests. and when you move. your compactness that of the forest. Let your rapidity be that of the wind. 12. doing a hundred LI in order to wrest an advantage. two‐thirds of your army will arrive. the spoken word does not carry far enough: hence the institution of gongs and drums. 15. We cannot enter into alliances until we are acquainted with the designs of our neighbours. 10. practice dissimulation. 21. If you march a fully equipped army in order to snatch an advantage. 14. Nor can ordinary objects be seen clearly enough: hence the institution of banners and flags. In raiding and plundering be like fire. Ponder and deliberate before you make a move. to detach a flying column for the purpose involves the sacrifice of its baggage and stores. and make forced marches without halting day or night. 16. and on this plan only one‐tenth of your army will reach its destination. 13. 18. Such is the art of manoeuvring. Thus. Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night. and you will succeed. He will conquer who has learnt the artifice of deviation. The stronger men will be in front. the leaders of all your three divisions will fall into the hands of the enemy. We shall be unable to turn natural advantage to account unless we make use of local guides. the chances are that you will be too late. without provisions it is lost.
to await the appearance of disorder and hubbub amongst the enemy:‐‐this is the art of retaining self‐possession. do not encamp. 34. Do not interfere with an army that is returning home. therefore. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 15 . you must fight. you must resort to stratagem. 25. 31. Such is the art of warfare. 37. his mind is bent only on returning to camp. Do not linger in dangerously isolated positions. 26. leave an outlet free. Do not pursue an enemy who simulates flight. When in difficult country. a commander‐in‐chief may be robbed of his presence of mind. banners and flags. This is the art of handling large masses of men. To be near the goal while the enemy is still far from it. VARIATION IN TACTICS 1. collects his army and concentrates his forces 2. In country where high roads intersect. Gongs and 0drums. nor to oppose him when he comes downhill. and in the evening.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 24. In desperate position. A clever general. Sun Tzu said: In war. to wait at ease while the enemy is toiling and struggling. Do not press a desperate foe too hard. to be well‐fed while the enemy is famished:‐‐this is the art of husbanding one's strength. 36. This is the art of studying moods. The host thus forming a single united body it becomes impossible either for the brave to advance alone. are means whereby the ears and eyes of the host may be focused on one particular point. and in fighting by day. 33. 27. It is a military axiom not to advance uphill against the enemy. as a means of influencing the ears and eyes of your army. In night‐fighting. do not attack soldiers whose temper is keen. VIII. make much use of signal‐fires and drums. but attacks it when it is sluggish and inclined to return. In hemmed‐in situations. of flags and banners. 35. 30. A whole army may be robbed of its spirit. avoids an army when its spirit is keen. join hands with your allies. When you surround an army. Do not swallow bait offered by the enemy. or for the cowardly to retreat alone. to refrain from attacking an army drawn up in calm and confident array:‐‐this is the art of studying circumstances. then. by noonday it has begun to flag. Disciplined and calm. To refrain from intercepting an enemy whose banners are in perfect order. 29. 28. 32. the general receives his commands from the sovereign. Now a soldier's spirit is keenest in the morning.
11. Pass quickly over mountains. which leads to destruction. 4. 5. 2. armies which must be not attacked. The general. 14. (4) a delicacy of honour which is sensitive to shame. and keep in the neighbourhood of valleys. 7. ruinous to the conduct of war. 3. and observing signs of the enemy. which can be provoked by insults. which exposes him to worry and trouble. we may extricate ourselves from misfortune. Reduce the hostile chiefs by inflicting damage on them. who does not understand these. may be well acquainted with the configuration of the country. So much for mountain warfare. There are roads which must not be followed. hold out specious allurements. So. and commands of the sovereign which must not be obeyed. not on the chance of his not attacking. 13. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 16 . and keep them constantly engaged. THE ARMY ON THE MARCH 1. These are the five besetting sins of a general. in the midst of difficulties we are always ready to seize an advantage. the cause will surely be found among these five dangerous faults. but on our own readiness to receive him. 6. Sun Tzu said: We come now to the question of moving the army. 10. (3) a hasty temper. you should get far away from it. positions which must not be contested. Let them be a subject of meditation. There are five dangerous faults which may affect a general: (1) Recklessness. 9.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 3. will fail to make the best use of his men. and make trouble for them. Do not climb heights in order to fight. even though he is acquainted with the Five Advantages. (2) Cowardice. but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable. which leads to capture. 8. The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming. we may succeed in accomplishing the essential part of our schemes. considerations of advantage and of disadvantage will be blended together. Camp in high places. the student of war who is unversed in the art of war of varying his plans. (5) over‐solicitude for his men. If. 12. After crossing a river. If our expectation of advantage be tempered in this way. towns which must be besieged. yet he will not be able to turn his knowledge to practical account. IX. and make them rush to any given point. Hence in the wise leader's plans. facing the sun. When an army is overthrown and its leader slain. on the other hand. The general who thoroughly understands the advantages that accompany variation of tactics knows how to handle his troops.
20. 12. your sole concern should be to get over them quickly. the army will be free from disease of every kind. If you are careful of your men and camp on hard ground. All armies prefer high ground to low and sunny places to dark. 19. and safety lie behind. so that the danger may be in front. hollow basins filled with reeds. In crossing salt‐marshes. 17. Moor your craft higher up than the enemy. occupy the sunny side. and get your back to a clump of trees. Do not move up‐stream to meet the enemy. If his place of encampment is easy of access. So much for operations in salt‐ marches. These are the four useful branches of military knowledge which enabled the Yellow Emperor to vanquish four several sovereigns. you must wait until it subsides. or woods with thick undergrowth. you should not go to meet the invader near a river which he has to cross. and this will spell victory. they must be carefully routed out and searched. we should get the enemy to approach them. level country. quagmires and crevasses. with the slope on your right rear. When he keeps aloof and tries to provoke a battle. ponds surrounded by aquatic grass. confined places. While we keep away from such places. he is anxious for the other side to advance. 14. he is relying on the natural strength of his position. 11. 13. he is tendering a bait. 18. Thus you will at once act for the benefit of your soldiers and utilize the natural advantages of the ground. 9. 8. for these are places where men in ambush or insidious spies are likely to be lurking. If forced to fight in a salt‐marsh.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 4. If you are anxious to fight. When. In dry. When you come to a hill or a bank. 15. should be left with all possible speed and not approached. It will be best to let half the army get across. So much for campaigning in flat country. in consequence of heavy rains up‐country. take up an easily accessible position with rising ground to your right and on your rear. and facing the sun. If in the neighbourhood of your camp there should be any hilly country. tangled thickets. When an invading force crosses a river in its onward march. do not advance to meet it in mid‐stream. a river which you wish to ford is swollen and flecked with foam. 10. without any delay. 6. So much for river warfare. When the enemy is close at hand and remains quiet. deep natural hollows. Country in which there are precipitous cliffs with torrents running between. and then deliver your attack. while we face them. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 17 . we should let the enemy have them on his rear. 7. you should have water and grass near you. 5. 16.
too many punishments betray a condition of dire distress. 33. When the light chariots come out first and take up a position on the wings. When an army feeds its horses with grain and kills its cattle for food. 22. 34. A few clouds of dust moving to and fro signify that the army is encamping. it means that the critical moment has come. it betokens the approach of infantry. When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths. If the enemy sees an advantage to be gained and makes no effort to secure it. 29. 23. and when the men do not hang their cooking‐pots over the camp‐fires. they are faint from want of food. showing that they will not return to their tents. but afterwards to take fright at the enemy's numbers. but spread over a wide area. Humble words and increased preparations are signs that the enemy is about to advance. If there is disturbance in the camp. it means that the men are weary. the general's authority is weak. The appearance of a number of screens in the midst of thick grass means that the enemy wants to make us suspicious. When some are seen advancing and some retreating. If those who are sent to draw water begin by drinking themselves. When the soldiers stand leaning on their spears. When there is much running about and the soldiers fall into rank. When there is dust rising in a high column. 30. Too frequent rewards signify that the enemy is at the end of his resources. 27. 32. 35. 24. it is a lure. it is a sign that the enemy is forming for battle.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 21. it is unoccupied. To begin by bluster. it shows that parties have been sent to collect firewood. If birds gather on any spot. 38. sedition is afoot. 28. 25. 36. When it branches out in different directions. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 18 . 26. Violent language and driving forward as if to the attack are signs that he will retreat. 31. the army is suffering from thirst. The sight of men whispering together in small knots or speaking in subdued tones points to disaffection amongst the rank and file. the soldiers are exhausted. you may know that they are determined to fight to the death. it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce. 37. when the dust is low. If the officers are angry. it is the sign of chariots advancing. Startled beasts indicate that a sudden attack is coming. Peace proposals unaccompanied by a sworn covenant indicate a plot. The rising of birds in their flight is the sign of an ambuscade. shows a supreme lack of intelligence. Movement amongst the trees of a forest shows that the enemy is advancing. If the banners and flags are shifted about. Clamour by night betokens nervousness.
But if the enemy is prepared for your coming. When the position is such that neither side will gain by making the first move. If the enemy's troops march up angrily and remain facing ours for a long time without either joining battle or taking themselves off again. 42. if the enemy is unprepared. to wit: (1) Accessible ground. 7. X. the gain will be mutual. (5) precipitous heights. This is a certain road to victory. thus enticing the enemy in his turn. 41. 6. it is called temporizing ground. Then you will be able to fight with advantage. With regard to narrow passes. 40. He who exercises no forethought but makes light of his opponents is sure to be captured by them. (6) positions at a great distance from the enemy. unless submissive. when part of his army has come out. its discipline will be bad. (2) entangling ground. keep a close watch on the enemy. it will be advisable not to stir forth. then. you may sally forth and defeat him. In a position of this sort. but rather to retreat. With regard to ground of this nature. If in training soldiers commands are habitually enforced. 45. (4) narrow passes. Sun Tzu said: We may distinguish six kinds of terrain. 44. 2. which is amply sufficient. they will not prove submissive. be before the enemy in occupying the raised and sunny spots. Ground which can be abandoned but is hard to re‐occupy is called entangling. even though the enemy should offer us attractive bait. If our troops are no more in number than the enemy. 4. if you can occupy them first. If soldiers are punished before they have grown attached to you. it only means that no direct attack can be made. and. let them be strongly garrisoned and await the advent of the enemy. and carefully guard your line of supplies. and you fail to defeat him. disaster will ensue. 8. punishments are not enforced. when the soldiers have become attached to you. the army will be well‐disciplined. TERRAIN 1. if not. return being impossible. 5. and obtain reinforcements. Ground which can be freely traversed by both sides is called accessible. but kept under control by means of iron discipline. If a general shows confidence in his men but always insists on his orders being obeyed. 43. From a position of this sort. we may deliver our attack with advantage.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 39. If. Therefore soldiers must be treated in the first instance with humanity. What we can do is simply to concentrate all our available strength. the situation is one that demands great vigilance and circumspection. 3. they will still be unless. then will be practically useless. (3) temporizing ground. then. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 19 .
When the officers are too strong and the common soldiers too weak. and the ranks are formed in a slovenly haphazard manner. If you are situated at a great distance from the enemy. when there are no fixed duties assigned to officers and men. the result is utter disorganization. unable to estimate the enemy's strength. you should occupy the raised and sunny spots. The natural formation of the country is the soldier's best ally. When the higher officers are angry and insubordinate. The general who has attained a responsible post must be careful to study them. and fighting will be to your disadvantage. 3. If the enemy has occupied them before you. and of Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 20 . These are: 1. or hurls a weak detachment against a powerful one. 13. and neglects to place picked soldiers in the front rank. With regard to precipitous heights. 11. if you are beforehand with your adversary. not arising from natural causes. the result is insubordination. Now an army is exposed to six several calamities. the result is collapse. Collapse. if one force is hurled against another ten times its size. of controlling the forces of victory. 16. the result will be the flight of the former.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 9. Should the army forestall you in occupying a pass. 5. the result must be rout. and the strength of the two armies is equal. 2. These six are the principles connected with Earth. When a general. Ruin. and there wait for him to come up. but retreat and try to entice him away. Flight. when his orders are not clear and distinct. do not follow him. 10. 21. 4. Disorganization. 12. 19. and on meeting the enemy give battle on their own account from a feeling of resentment. do not go after him if the pass is fully garrisoned. 20. allows an inferior force to engage a larger one. the result is ruin. 17. 18. Other conditions being equal. but from faults for which the general is responsible. When the common soldiers are too strong and their officers too weak. 15. which must be carefully noted by the general who has attained a responsible post. When the general is weak and without authority. Insubordination. These are six ways of courting defeat. it is not easy to provoke a battle. Rout. before the commander‐in‐chief can tell whether or no he is in a position to fight. but a power of estimating the adversary. but only if it is weakly garrisoned. 6. 14.
28. you are indulgent. it is dispersive ground. (6) serious ground. (7) difficult ground. kind‐hearted. if you know Heaven and know Earth. (3) contentious ground. they are useless for any practical purpose. dangers and distances. look upon them as your own beloved sons. 30. is the jewel of the kingdom. and they will follow you into the deepest valleys. and they will stand by you even unto death. then you must fight. 3. will surely be defeated.desperate ground. it is facile ground. He who knows them not. is never bewildered. even though the ruler forbid it. When he has penetrated into hostile territory. THE NINE SITUATIONS 1. we have still gone only halfway towards victory. 29. but are unaware that the nature of the ground makes fighting impracticable. Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself. (2) facile ground. and incapable. nor practices them. but are unaware that our own men are not in a condition to attack. If we know that the enemy is open to attack. and also know that our men are in a condition to attack. moreover. Hence the experienced soldier. but unable to make your authority felt. once he has broken camp. 25. however. but unable to enforce your commands. If. your victory will not stand in doubt. we have gone only halfway towards victory. 24. constitutes the test of a great general. (5) ground of intersecting highways. and in fighting puts his knowledge into practice. 31. but to no great distance. 2. Regard your soldiers as your children. if fighting will not result in victory. once in motion. then you must not fight even at the ruler's bidding. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 21 . you may make your victory complete. (9). of quelling disorder: then your soldiers must be likened to spoilt children. If fighting is sure to result in victory. He who knows these things. he is never at a loss. Sun Tzu said: The art of war recognizes nine varieties of ground: (1) Dispersive ground. 23. The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace. XI. When a chieftain is fighting in his own territory.Sun Tzu and the Art of War shrewdly calculating difficulties. 22. will win his battles. If we know that the enemy is open to attack. (8) hemmed‐in ground. but are unaware that the enemy is not open to attack. 27. we have gone only halfway towards victory. whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign. If we know that our own men are in a condition to attack. 26. (4) open ground.
fight not. Ground on which each side has liberty of movement is open ground. to hinder the good troops from rescuing the bad. and thus the defenders will not prevail against you. 9. leaving a number of fortified cities in its rear. On dispersive ground. marshes and fens‐‐all country that is hard to traverse: this is difficult ground. On the ground of intersecting highways. On open ground. attack not. When an army has penetrated into the heart of a hostile country. On hemmed‐in ground. 6. In difficult ground. 13. and attack unguarded spots. 15.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 4. the greater will be the solidarity of your troops. Ground which forms the key to three contiguous states. on which we can only be saved from destruction by fighting without delay. On serious ground. make your way by unexpected routes. is contentious ground. Those who were called skilful leaders of old knew how to drive a wedge between the enemy's front and rear. On contentious ground. so that a small number of the enemy would suffice to crush a large body of our men: this is hemmed in ground. On facile ground. therefore. Mountain forests. 14. join hands with your allies. 20. resort to stratagem. to prevent co‐operation between his large and small divisions. they stopped still. they made a forward move. Ground the possession of which imports great advantage to either side. 12." 19. When the enemy's men were united. fight. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 22 . and from which we can only retire by tortuous paths. 16. On desperate ground. is a ground of intersecting highways. is desperate ground. so that he who occupies it first has most of the Empire at his command. keep steadily on the march. 5. they managed to keep them in disorder. 7. when otherwise. Make forays in fertile country in order to supply your army with food. 17. 18. The following are the principles to be observed by an invading force: The further you penetrate into a country. Ground. Ground which is reached through narrow gorges. gather in plunder. the officers from rallying their men. When it was to their advantage. halt not. it is serious ground. 10. do not try to block the enemy's way. 21. 11. rugged steeps. If asked how to cope with a great host of the enemy in orderly array and on the point of marching to the attack. 8. I should say: "Begin by seizing something which your opponent holds dear. then he will be amenable to your will. Rapidity is the essence of war: take advantage of the enemy's unreadiness.
upright and just. without waiting to be asked. If they will face death. they will show a stubborn front. 27. Yes. It is the business of a general to be quiet and thus ensure secrecy. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 23 . and thus maintain order. If they are in hostile country. If there is no place of refuge. willy‐nilly. it is not because they have a distaste for riches. Then. 28. and the burying of chariot wheels in the ground. and do not overtax them. the soldiers will be constantly on the qui vive. 32. He must be able to mystify his officers and men by false reports and appearances. Strike at its head. there is nothing they may not achieve. without restrictions.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 22. How to make the best of both strong and weak‐‐that is a question involving the proper use of ground. and you will be attacked by head and tail both. Prohibit the taking of omens. Now the shuai‐jan is a snake that is found in the ChUng mountains. 29. they will come to each other's assistance just as the left hand helps the right. without giving orders. 24. Hence it is not enough to put one's trust in the tethering of horses. I should answer. those sitting up bedewing their garments. 33. 36. they will stand firm. and do away with superstitious doubts. Thus. 26. The principle on which to manage an army is to set up one standard of courage which all must reach. Throw your soldiers into positions whence there is no escape. 30. they will be faithful. they will fight hard. Concentrate your energy and hoard your strength. 23. strike at its middle. no calamity need be feared. The skilful tactician may be likened to the shuai‐jan. and those lying down letting the tears run down their cheeks. 34. Officers and men alike will put forth their uttermost strength. If there is no help for it. by the hand. 35. For the men of Wu and the men of Yueh are enemies. if their lives are not unduly long. and devise unfathomable plans. Soldiers when in desperate straits lose the sense of fear. Thus the skilful general conducts his army just as though he were leading a single man. until death itself comes. and they will prefer death to flight. it is not because they are disinclined to longevity. and thus keep them in total ignorance. and you will be attacked by its head. they can be trusted. But let them once be brought to bay. and you will be attacked by its tail. 31. On the day they are ordered out to battle. If our soldiers are not overburdened with money. Asked if an army can be made to imitate the shuai‐jan. 25. without waiting to be marshalled. and they will display the courage of a Chu or a Kuei. strike at its tail. Carefully study the well‐being of your men. your soldiers may weep. they will do your will. yet if they are crossing a river in the same boat and are caught by a storm. Keep your army continually on the move.
40. 38. 50. to fight hard when he cannot help himself. The different measures suited to the nine varieties of ground. that penetrating deeply brings cohesion. 47. the leader of an army acts like one who has climbed up a height and then kicks away the ladder behind him. he keeps the enemy without definite knowledge. On serious ground. We shall be Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 24 . 39. its marshes and swamps. Therefore. and the fundamental laws of human nature: these are things that must most certainly be studied. 51. On desperate ground. it is hemmed‐in ground. On ground of intersecting highways. When you penetrate deeply into a country. I would keep pushing on along the road. When invading hostile territory. you find yourself on critical ground. he prevents the enemy from anticipating his purpose. To muster his host and bring it into danger:‐‐this may be termed the business of the general. and take your army across neighbourhood territory. On hemmed‐in ground. When you have the enemy's strongholds on your rear. and nothing knows whither he is going. I would proclaim to my soldiers the hopelessness of saving their lives. 49. By shifting his camp and taking circuitous routes. I would keep a vigilant eye on my defences. By altering his arrangements and changing his plans. 45. 41. it is desperate ground. penetrating but a short way means dispersion. I would block any way of retreat. 48. When there is no place of refuge at all. I would see that there is close connection between all parts of my army. For it is the soldier's disposition to offer an obstinate resistance when surrounded. the ground is one of intersecting highways. 46. We cannot enter into alliance with neighbouring princes until we are acquainted with their designs. When you penetrate but a little way. I would try to ensure a continuous stream of supplies. on dispersive ground. We are not fit to lead an army on the march unless we are familiar with the face of the country‐‐its mountains and forests. On facile ground. its pitfalls and precipices. like a shepherd driving a flock of sheep. On difficult ground. At the critical moment. When there are means of communication on all four sides. it is facile ground. 52. it is serious ground. 44. I would consolidate my alliances. 43. On contentious ground. On open ground. He carries his men deep into hostile territory before he shows his hand. the general principle is. I would inspire my men with unity of purpose. When you leave your own country behind. he drives his men this way and that.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 37. and narrow passes in front. I would hurry up my rear. the expediency of aggressive or defensive tactics. 42. and to obey promptly when he has fallen into danger. He burns his boats and breaks his cooking‐pots.
you must rush in. never let them know your design. To be ignored of any one of the following four or five principles does not befit a warlike prince. 60. 62. 58. 64. and stop the passage of all emissaries. 68. but tell them nothing when the situation is gloomy. we shall succeed in the long run in killing the commander‐in‐chief. The first is to burn soldiers in their camp. At first. 53. and accommodate yourself to the enemy until you can fight a decisive battle. If the enemy leaves a door open. exhibit the coyness of a maiden. Thus he is able to capture their cities and overthrow their kingdoms. bring it before their eyes. the third is to Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 25 . nor does he foster the power of other states. and it will be too late for the enemy to oppose you. Be stern in the council‐chamber. Walk in the path defined by rule. and their allies are prevented from joining against him. When the outlook is bright. He overawes his opponents. When a warlike prince attacks a powerful state. By persistently hanging on the enemy's flank. THE ATTACK BY FIRE 1. 66. Hence he does not strive to ally himself with all and sundry. Confront your soldiers with the deed itself. 56. Place your army in deadly peril. and subtly contrive to time his arrival on the ground. 55. keeping his antagonists in awe. 57. block the frontier passes. XII. 65. 54. so that you may control the situation. and it will survive. his Generalship shows itself in preventing the concentration of the enemy's forces. issue orders without regard to previous arrangements. 67. the second is to burn stores. and you will be able to handle a whole army as though you had to do with but a single man. destroy the official tallies. 63. Bestow rewards without regard to rule. 59.Sun Tzu and the Art of War unable to turn natural advantages to account unless we make use of local guides. For it is precisely when a force has fallen into harm's way that is capable of striking a blow for victory. Forestall your opponent by seizing what he holds dear. plunge it into desperate straits. until the enemy gives you an opening. then. This is called ability to accomplish a thing by sheer cunning. Sun Tzu said: There are five ways of attacking with fire. and it will come off in safety. afterwards emulate the rapidity of a running hare. He carries out his own secret designs. On the day that you take up your command. 61. Success in warfare is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to the enemy's purpose.
for the result is waste of time and general stagnation. 5. 14. fight not unless the position is critical. be to windward of it. the fifth is to hurl dropping fire amongst the enemy. Do not attack from the leeward. we must have means available. but deliver your attack at a favourable moment. 7. The proper season is when the weather is very dry. No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen. but the enemy's soldiers remain quiet. an enemy may be intercepted. bide your time and do not attack. There is a proper season for making attacks with fire. stay where you are.Sun Tzu and the Art of War burn baggage trains. In order to carry out an attack. Unhappy is the fate of one who tries to win his battles and succeed in his attacks without cultivating the spirit of enterprise. one should be prepared to meet five possible developments: o When fire breaks out inside to enemy's camp. By means of water. 2. 10. make a forward move. no general should fight a battle simply out of pique. the movements of the stars calculated. Hence those who use fire as an aid to the attack show intelligence. the special days are those when the moon is in the constellations of the Sieve. 6. In every army. use not your troops unless there is something to be gained. o If it is possible to make an assault with fire from without. 11. 12. but not robbed of all his belongings. If it is to your advantage. the fourth is to burn arsenals and magazines. the Wing or the Cross‐bar. if not. A wind that rises in the daytime lasts long. do not wait for it to break out within. if not. for these four are all days of rising wind. 13. 4. the five developments connected with fire must be known. and a watch kept for the proper days. 9. The material for raising fire should always be kept in readiness. follow it up with an attack. the good general cultivates his resources. o When the force of the flames has reached its height. In attacking with fire. Hence the saying: The enlightened ruler lays his plans well ahead. Move not unless you see an advantage. o When you start a fire. those who use water as an aid to the attack gain an accession of strength. the Wall. stay where you are. and special days for starting a conflagration. but a night breeze soon falls. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 26 . if that is practicable. 8. o If there is an outbreak of fire. respond at once with an attack from without. 3.
As many as seven hundred thousand families will be impeded in their labour. The daily expenditure will amount to a thousand ounces of silver. nor can the dead ever be brought back to life. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being. making use of officials of the enemy. 2. and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men. 11. Anger may in time change to gladness. what enables the wise sovereign and the good general to strike and conquer. and allowing our spies to know of them and report them to the enemy. Having converted spies. 13. and no master of victory. When these five kinds of spy are all at work. Having inward spies. to remain in ignorance of the enemy's condition simply because one grudges the outlay of a hundred ounces of silver in honours and emoluments. This is called "divine manipulation of the threads. Hence the enlightened ruler is heedful. 16. Surviving spies. 7. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 27 . 8. This being so. nor by any deductive calculation. striving for the victory which is decided in a single day. 9. (3) converted spies. getting hold of the enemy's spies and using them for our own purposes. Having local spies means employing the services of the inhabitants of a district. 12. Knowledge of the enemy's dispositions can only be obtained from other men. Now this foreknowledge cannot be elicited from spirits. Thus. vexation may be succeeded by content. 4. One who acts thus is no leader of men. There will be commotion at home and abroad. This is the way to keep a country at peace and an army intact. Hence the use of spies. (4) doomed spies. Having doomed spies. Sun Tzu said: Raising a host of a hundred thousand men and marching them great distances entails heavy loss on the people and a drain on the resources of the State. THE USE OF SPIES 1. Hostile armies may face each other for years." It is the sovereign's most precious faculty. none can discover the secret system. is foreknowledge. XIII. of whom there are five classes: (1) Local spies. is the height of inhumanity. it cannot be obtained inductively from experience. (2) inward spies. 3. no present help to his sovereign. 17.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 15. doing certain things openly for purposes of deception. and men will drop down exhausted on the highways. are those who bring back news from the enemy's camp. (5) surviving spies. and the good general full of caution. 5. 6. 10. finally.
the rise of the Chou dynasty was due to Lu Ya who had served under the Yin. Likewise. Of old. Without subtle ingenuity of mind. Lastly. It is owing to his information. Professor Steven M Windmill TD (c) 21 November 2009 28 . 15. led away and comfortably housed. the aides‐de‐camp. it is by his information that the surviving spy can be used on appointed occasions. the rise of the Yin dynasty was due to I Chih who had served under the Hsia. one cannot make certain of the truth of their reports. 18. Our spies must be commissioned to ascertain these. Hence it is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for purposes of spying and thereby they achieve great results. If a secret piece of news is divulged by a spy before the time is ripe. from the converted spy. and this knowledge can only be derived. Be subtle! Be subtle! And use your spies for every kind of business. 25.Sun Tzu and the Art of War 14. The enemy's spies who have come to spy on us must be sought out. or to assassinate an individual. and door‐keepers and sentries of the general in command. to storm a city. In no other business should greater secrecy be preserved. 22. 23. None should be more liberally rewarded. 16. tempted with bribes. 24. It is through the information brought by the converted spy that we are able to acquire and employ local and inward spies. 19. again. Whether the object be to crush an army. 20. They cannot be properly managed without benevolence and straightforwardness. 26. Thus they will become converted spies and available for our service. 17. he must be put to death together with the man to whom the secret was told. Spies cannot be usefully employed without a certain intuitive sagacity. that we can cause the doomed spy to carry false tidings to the enemy. The end and aim of spying in all its five varieties is knowledge of the enemy. in the first instance. Hence it is essential that the converted spy be treated with the utmost liberality. it is always necessary to begin by finding out the names of the attendants. 21. Hence it is that which none in the whole army are more intimate relations to be maintained than with spies. 27.
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