2.15

Chapter: Wagin War 2.15
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Translation:

Hence a wise general makes a point of foraging on the enemy. One cartload of the enemy’s provisions is equivalent to twenty of one’s own, and likewise a single picul of his provender is equivalent to twenty from one’s own store.

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Commentary

It is better to take the food destined for the enemy’s troops than the food from the people in the lands you pass through or have to sustain long supply lines.

This not only helps non-combatants but it also weakens the enemy. The motivational effects of this are significant.

(One picul is equal to 133.3 pounds or 65.5 kilograms).