The Use of Spies

Chapter 13 from Sun Tzu’s, The Art of War. 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 daily expenditure will amount to a thousand ounces of...

The Attack by Fire

Chapter 12 from Sun Tzu’s, The Art of War. Sun Tzu said: There are five ways of attacking with fire. The first is to burn soldiers in their camp; the second is to burn stores; the third is to burn baggage trains; the fourth is to burn arsenals and magazines; the fifth...

The Nine Situations

Chapter 11 from Sun Tzu’s, The Art of War. Sun Tzu said: The art of war recognizes nine varieties of ground: (1) Dispersive ground; (2) facile ground; (3) contentious ground; (4) open ground; (5) ground of intersecting highways; (6) serious ground; (7) difficult...

Terrain

Chapter 10 from Sun Tzu’s, The Art of War. Sun Tzu said: We may distinguish six kinds of terrain, to wit: (1) Accessible ground; (2) entangling ground; (3) temporizing ground; (4) narrow passes; (5) precipitous heights; (6) positions at a great distance from the...

The Army on the March

Chapter 9 from Sun Tzu’s, The Art of War. Sun Tzu said: We come now to the question of encamping the army, and observing signs of the enemy. Pass quickly over mountains, and keep in the neighborhood of valleys.   Camp in high places, facing the sun. Do not climb...

Variation in Tactics

Chapter 8 from Sun Tzu’s, The Art of War. Sun Tzu said: In war, the general receives his commands from the sovereign, collects his army and concentrates his forces  When in difficult country, do not encamp. In country where high roads intersect, join hands with your...

Maneuvering

Chapter 7 from Sun Tzu’s, The Art of War. Sun Tzu said: In war, the general receives his commands from the sovereign.   Having collected an army and concentrated his forces, he must blend and harmonize the different elements thereof before pitching his camp. ...

Weak Points and Strong

Chapter 6 from Sun Tzu’s, The Art of War. Sun Tzu said: Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.  Therefore the clever...

Energy

Chapter 4 from Sun Tzu’s, The Art of War. 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.   Fighting with a large army under your command is nowise different from...