Chapter: The Nine Situations



Carefully study the well-being of your men, and do not overtax them. Concentrate your energy and hoard your strength. Keep your army continually on the move, and devise unfathomable plans.


Whilst soldiers may expect to work hard, they are also biological machines which can be worn out by too much marching, fighting and stress.

Understand the dynamics of the healthy body and, whilst keeping your troops fit (marching helps this), beware of wearing them down. In this way you can sustain energy for battle, wherever it appears.

Unfathomable plans not only confuse the enemy, they also keep your own people on their toes and constantly ready for the next move.