Overland Sun Tzu's strategic principles and the Overland Campaign

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Sun Tzu and the Overland Campaign of 1864
by Richard Podruchny



The six principles that will be used are; win all without fighting, avoid strength, attack weakness, deception and foreknowledge, speed and preparation, and shaping the enemy.[1] By looking at this campaign and using these six principles, we will be able to see how the commander's of both the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia strategic principles compare or contrast to Sun Tzu due to their Napoleonic schooling in warfare. This will provide the reader a great example of how well or how poorly these two schools of thought coincided with one another that spanned thousands of years and miles apart.




http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/civilwar/articles/suntzuoverland.aspx
 

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While remembering that the AoP's advance was only a part of Grant's overall plan of campaign, in Va. i.e. how did the overall plan meet the Six Principles(not the fact that Sigel and Butler were incompetent)
 

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Like any book of philosophy, Sun Tzu's 6 Principles require many turgid tome's to explain and claarify. As usually quoted in many books and blurbs, they come across, to me at least, as being more about economic principles(or how to run a successful business or corporation) rather than those of the actual experience of war.
 
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