Is defending harder than attacking?
I'm not sure if it's harder but it's definately a poorer military position. The Great Captains seemed to attack whenever possible. Even with Caesar at Alesia, in the "tactical donut" he occupied, he still went on the offensive against the Gauls attacking his outward facing entrenchments.
The Mongols were always on the attack, even faking a retreat to pull the enemy out of position in their "attack" then turn and destroy them.
Alexander was all ways on the offensive. In his maxims:
Always attack. Even in defense, attack. The attacking arm possesses the initiative and thus commands the action. To attack makes men brave; to defend makes them timorous. If an officer has assumed a defensive posture in the field, that officer will never hold command again.
No advantage in war is greater than speed. To appear suddenly in strength where the enemy least expects you overawes him and throws him into consternation.
A static defensive line is always vulnerable. Once penetrated in force at an point, every other post on the line becomes moot. It's men cannot bring their arms to bear and in fact can do nothing except wait in impotence to be overrun by their own comrades fleeing in panic as our penetrating force rolls them up from the flank.
Fight with a holding wing and an attacking wing. The purpose of the former is to paralyze in place, by it's advance and its posture of threat, the enemy wing opposed to it. The purpose of the latter is to strike and penetrate.
Don't punch, counterpunch. The purpose of an initial evolution-a feint or draw- is to provoke the enemy into committing himself prematurely.
Once he moves, we counter move.
Any thoughts or insights?
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