Chapter: Maneuvering



Thus, if you order your men to roll up their buff-coats, and make forced marches without halting day or night, covering double the usual distance at a stretch, doing a hundred LI in order to wrest an advantage, the leaders of all your three divisions will fall into the hands of the enemy.


Rapid maneuver seldom has time for the cautious advance of normal warfare. It is hence quite possible that your light and mobile force will meet one which is stronger.

The loss of troops is a price that must be considered. However the gains from maneuvers may lead to many other lives being saved through the shortening of the war and reduction in pitched battles.