Sun Tzu’s The Art of War: Chapter 07 Maneuvering

Screens 332 – 336

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Frederick the Great’s maneuvers at Leuthen built his reputation as a great general.

How do we move a group in order to achieve our goal?  We learned in the last chapter that our energy should go into coordination.  Movement, like the battle, should be to accomplish a goal.  In the same way that strategy was the outcome of knowing ourselves, our goals and our opponents – we must know the capabilities and desires of our potential allies.

Best Quote(s)

“5. Manœuvring with an army is advantageous; with an undisciplined multitude, most dangerous.” Screen 332

“21 Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.” Screen 332

“23 On the field of battle, the spoken word does not carry far enough:” Screen 332

“36 When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.” Screen 336

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Frederick the Great’s attack in Oblique Order combines many of Sun Tzu’s themes.  The army is coordinated and superior force is concentrated against a single point on the enemy’s lines.

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“5. Manœuvring with an army is advantageous; with an undisciplined multitude, most dangerous.”

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“12 We cannot enter into alliances until we are acquainted with the designs of our neighbours.”

“14 We shall be unable to turn natural advantage to account unless we make use of local guides.”

“17 Let your rapidity be that of the wind, your compactness that of the forest.”

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“21 Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.”

“23 On the field of battle, the spoken word does not carry far enough:”

“31 To be near the goal while the enemy is still far from it, to wait at ease while the enemy is toiling and struggling, to be well-fed while the enemy is famished:—this is the art of husbanding one’s strength.”

“36 When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.”

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