Chapter: The Nine Situations 11.61
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By persistently hanging on the enemy’s flank, we shall succeed in the long run in killing the commander-in-chief.

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Senior officers seldom lead from the front and may often be found further back in the ranks. If you can determine their position and punch in from the side, you may be able to kill or capture them, hence ‘beheading’ the enemy and so creating fear and confusion.