Documentary: Sun Tzu’s The Art of War

Introduction

Numerous people have uploaded the same documentary in you tube. This documentary was produced by the History Channel. Despite of all this, nobody had put down the military tactics mentioned in the documentary. For the enthusiasts, I have done that here. What is good about the documentary is that these military tactics are described in simple easy to understand English.

If instructions are not clear and commands are not explicit, it is the commander’s fault.

Know your enemy and know yourself and in 100 battles, you will never in peril.

To win 100 battles is not the height of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is.

Avoid what is strong. Attack what is weak.

It is more important to outthink your enemy than outfight him.

In war, numbers alone confers no advantage. Do not advance relying on sheer military power.

The skillful leader subdues enemy’s troops without any fighting.

Let your plans be as dark as night. Then strike like a thunderbolt.

Use your spies for every kind of business.

Keep plans as dark as night.

In battle use a direct attack to engage and an indirect attack to win.

There are 5 fundamental factors for success in war: weather, terrain, leadership, military doctrine and most important moral influence.

To move your enemy, entice him with something he is certain to take.

Put the army in the face of death where there is no escape and they will not flee or be afraid. There is nothing they cannot achieve.

It is essential for victory that generals are unconstrained by their leaders.

Make your enemy prepare on his left and he will be weak on his right.

Foreknowledge. Superior command structure.

The winning army realizes the conditions for victory first, then fight. The losing army fights first then seek victory.

No nation has ever benefitted from prolonged war.

Those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle. They are not brought by him.

Military action to achieve a political advantage.

Move only when you see an advantage and there is something to gain.

Only fight if a position is critical.

When the enemy occupies high ground, do not confront him. If he attacks downhill do not oppose him.

Never attack a high ground.

There are some armies that should not be fought; some grounds that should not be contested.

When troops flee; are in subordinate; collapse or routed in battle, it is the fault of the general.

Preparation, deception, indirect attacks.

War is a matter of vital importance to the state. It is a matter of life an death, survival or ruin.

You can download a copy of the Art of War at this website:
https://www.ualberta.ca/~enoch/Readings/The_Art_Of_War.pdf

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