Chapter: Tactical Positions 4.6
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Standing on the defensive indicates insufficient strength; attacking, a superabundance of strength.

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It can be easier to defend than attack, for example by holding a defensible higher position. In this way weaker forces will defend more, hoping perhaps to see a weakness in their attackers into which they can sally forth.

Strong forces can successfully attack a defensive position only if they are strong enough to break through. This may require very significant attacking advantage.