10.23

Chapter: Terrain 10.23
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Translation:

If fighting is sure to result in victory, then you must fight, even though the ruler forbid it; if fighting will not result in victory, then you must not fight even at the ruler’s bidding.

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Commentary

Whilst it is important to obey commanders, the final choice has to be made on the battlefield where officers have fuller knowledge of the situation.

Officers in the field hence have a great responsibility to do what is right to achieve the overall victory. It is important that this is permitted and officers trained to make such decisions correctly.