11.46

Chapter: The Nine Situations 11.46
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Translation:

Therefore, on dispersive ground, I would inspire my men with unity of purpose. On facile ground, I would see that there is close connection between all parts of my army.

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Commentary

‘Dispersive ground’ is in one’s own territory. Unity of purpose can hence be ‘defending the homeland’.

‘Facile ground’ is close to home. Keeping the army connected ensures that separate units do not go off on their own missions. It also helps manage a repulsive force from the invaded enemy.