10. Terrain

16

When the common soldiers are too strong and their officers too weak, the result is INSUBORDINATION.

Tu Mu cites the unhappy case of T`ien Pu [HSIN T`ANG SHU, ch. 148], who was sent to Wei in 821 A.D. with orders to lead an army against Wang T`ing-ts`ou. But the whole time he was in command, his soldiers treated him with the utmost contempt, and openly flouted his authority by riding about the camp on donkeys, several thousands at a time. T`ien Pu was powerless to put a stop to this conduct, and when, after some months had passed, he made an attempt to engage the enemy, his troops turned tail and dispersed in every direction. After that, the unfortunate man committed suicide by cutting his throat.

When the officers are too strong and the common soldiers too weak, the result is COLLAPSE.

Ts`ao Kung says: "The officers are energetic and want to press on, the common soldiers are feeble and suddenly collapse."

Copy and paste to reference this passage:
HTML
TEXT
blog comments powered by Disqus