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  1. 故兵有走者有弛者有陷者有崩者有亂者有北者凡此六者非天之災將之過也
  2. 夫勢均以一擊十曰走
  3. 卒强吏弱曰弛吏强卒弱曰陷


Now an army is exposed to six several calamities, not arising from natural causes, but from faults for which the general is responsible. These are: (1) Flight; (2) insubordination; (3) collapse; (4) ruin; (5) disorganization; (6) rout.

15. Other conditions being equal, if one force is hurled against another ten times its size, the result will be the flight of the former.

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