It is never necessary to concern yourself with the intentions of the enemy. Your intention, based on planning and awareness of your desire to see the enemy destroyed, should be acted on before the enemy knows what is going on or can even deploy a defensive measure.
Awareness of the enemy’s objective abilities, coupled with the subjective arrogance of his juxtaposition is necessary aforehand to enable you to maintain the authority of your own process associated with intelligent deployment of your own resources. You can only determine the proper manner in which to proceed when you have carefully studied your own intentions based on your desired conquest objective, which should not be the accumulation of physical goods. That comes later after you have totally destroyed the enemy’s spirit by correct poisoning of his resources: spiritual, mental, and physical. You must focus on executing authoritative action to minimize the losses to your human resources first and materials second.
It is essential that the intelligent warlord study the battle strategies of definitive campaigns promulgated by warriors of great accomplishment. Using those examples and permitting your inner self to acquire the intended spirit of the great generals who came before you will readily enhance the security of your victory and ensure your success. Regardless, nothing is guaranteed, so you should never be presumptuous to not study battle strategies of any format. Study and meditation is germane to accomplishment. Not to do so suggests that you are essentially seeking your own destruction because of foolish behavior regarding your conceit to carry the day. Irrespective of the fact that you may think yourself to be a military genius and determine that you need not study, you will entertain severe defeat once your beginner’s luck is expended. As well, you should change your battle tactics after they have been deployed a number of times to prevent those you seek to conquer from turning your own tables against you. You must continue to develop new attitudes of approach.
As an example, Shaka, the great Zulu king, began training as a warrior when he was a boy. He was diligent in his studies and was soon recognized by the elders that there was something special about him. He didn’t let that interfere with his personal growth and developed many innovative ideas that empowered the Zulu nation to become a fierce force to be reckoned with. As a result of his demands upon his warriors, the very notion that a tribe could be attacked without warning caused that tribe to become very paranoid and ready to succumb without giving battle to Shaka’s troops. There are countless ‘generals’ to study: Attila, Genghis Khan, Bar Kochba, Scipio, and certainly Alexander, as well as others in the pantheon of greatness. Studying the above mentioned would bode you well if you are considering making inroads into new territories. It will empower you to understand your personal motivations relative to their profound accomplishments.
Strategy by B.H. Liddell Hart
On the Origins of War by Donald Kagan
Warfare in the Classical World by John Warry
On War by Carl von Clausewitz
Sun Tzu’s Art of War by Stephen F. Kaufman
Instructions to His Generals by Frederick the Great
The Art of Victory by Alexander Suvorov
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