Sun Tzu’s The Art of War: Chapter 05 Energy

Locations 225 – 262

Energy should be put into the battle before the battle.  Energy is best used to create coordination.  Do not depend on any one solider, unit or other weapon for energy – use your ability to coordinate as a leader to create overlapping, coordinated energy and to bring it to bear on your goal simultaneously to create sure victory.

Best Quote(s)

“2. 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.” Location 225

“21. The clever combatant looks to the effect of combined energy, and does not require too much from individuals. Hence his ability to pick out the right men and to utilise combined energy.” Location 256

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225

“2. 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.”

229

“5. In all fighting, the direct method may be used for joining battle, but indirect methods will be needed in order to secure victory.”

242

“14. Therefore the good fighter will be terrible in his onset, and prompt in his decision.”

“15. Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision, to the releasing of a trigger.”

249

“17. Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.”

256

“21. The clever combatant looks to the effect of combined energy, and does not require too much from individuals. Hence his ability to pick out the right men and to utilise combined energy.”

262

“23. 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. So much on the subject of energy.”

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During Grant’s siege of Petersburg, Virginia to bring the Civil War to a close, he brought forward all of the tactics, strategy and capabilities of his army to create combined energy far greater than the opposing forces – even with daring works like the mine assault.

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