Sun Tzu – The Art of War Explained In 5 Minutes [Video]

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[Music] in the age of bloody civil war 2500 years ago a Chinese military commander
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strategist and philosopher emerged his name son Zhu after successfully defending the state of Wu against its
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neighbor to to the west a book formerly known as master Sons military methods was born which has later become known as
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the art of war the art of war is the most influential treatise on war ever written consisting of 13 chapters each
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of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare it has shaped the way in which conflicts have been fought for thousands
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of years from the Japanese samurai to the Napoleonic war not only has the book influence military commanders and
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generals all over the world it has had resounding effects on politics sports and business to this day
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the art of war is of vital importance to the state it's a matter of life and death a road either to safety or to ruin
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hence it's a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected son Zhu has a holistic philosophy that if you
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follow correctly and study thoroughly you will be victorious son Zhu says avoid what is strong and strike at what
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is weak son Zhu is a strong believer that winning the war with as little unnecessary combat as possible is the
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key to true victory [Music] supreme excellence consists in breaking
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the enemy's resistance without fighting and the key to doing so is to know your enemy world if your opponent is arrogant
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pretend to be weak so he will underestimate you if he was relaxing attack and give him no rest if his
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forces are united separate them son zu is essentially saying that if you know your opponent's weaknesses and how to
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exploit them you will never lose so adorn the hopeless Athenians do the unthinkable
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they attack the weary Persians as they disembark their ships on shaky legs after a month at sea they attack before
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they can establish their welcome and supply their soldiers son Zhu says if you know the enemy and know yourself you
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need not fear the result of a hundred battles during the mid-1960s a war took place between the North Vietnamese
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communists and the United States of America instead of confronting the Americans head-on the Vietcong had a
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different idea in mind they used unconventional guerrilla warfare tactics which included hit-and-run strategies
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this proved very effective against the much larger military of the Americans it's more important to outthink your
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enemy than to I'll fight him the Vietcong forces were inferior to the Americans in both man and firepower so
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guerrilla warfare tactics allowed them to inflict significant damage while keeping their casualties to a minimum
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they also had unparalleled knowledge of the terrain this included a vast network of underground tunnels allowing them to
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evade carpet bombing and escape the enemy the terrain was also laced with various booby traps and landmines even
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though the Vietcong and North Vietnamese were heavily out armed by the American superpower they were still able to
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defeat them as they truly understood son zoos philosophy all warfare is based on deception hence when we are able to
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attack we must seem unable when using our forces we must appear inactive when we are near we must make the enemy
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believe we are far away when far away we must make him believe we're near this philosophy can be seen in the world war
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ii invasion of normandy known as d-day the british created several fictional units of troops stationed in scotland
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who were ready to invade Europe through its northern regions in particular Scandinavia they then used several
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misinformation techniques to persuade Hitler that 350,000 of these troops were primed to attack radio chatter and
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Scotland lit up with talks of these troops preparing for an overseas assault and many of these transmissions were
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made easily and acceptable Allied spies who had been able to infiltrate the Germans reported these developments as
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well reinforcing their legitimacy these spies also took photographs of planes and tanks posed for invasion but these
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were actually blow-up models in most cases all this caused dozens of German divisions to go up to bogus locations
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and wait for an imaginary army to show up whilst important battles were fought else were this method of dividing enemy
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forces was also employed to a greater extent on d-day itself Soviet forces kept around a million of the German
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forces busy on the Eastern Front whilst the Allied invasion occurred on the Western Front
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this tactic of dividing an enemy is one of sons used key philosophies and allowed the Allies to achieve victory
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and eventually win the war thanks for watching if you enjoyed the video make sure to LIKE and subscribe and comment
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