Veni Vidi Vici: A Soldier's Life
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Soldierly advice about the art of warfare contained within a book by the great general Callus Tacticus, whose very name has become synonymous across the Disc with the tactics employed by literate soldiery.
Nuggets of martial wisdom
- If you want your men to become farmers, issue them spades.
- It is always useful to face an enemy who is prepared to die for his country. This means that both you and he have exactly the same aim in mind.
- To ensure against defeat, when out-numbered, out-weaponed and out-positioned: don't have a battle.
- When confronted with an impregnable fortress, well-garrisoned and well-stocked with provisions, endeavour to be the man on the inside.
- Power at a point! (echoes General Guderian's summation of the Blitzkrieg strategy: find the "schwerpunkt" of the enemy's line and hit him there with everything you have. Then just keep moving.)
- Ab Hoc Possum Videre Domum Tuum (I Can See Your House From Up Here) - meant, in the opinion of 71-hour Ahmed, to be both a boast and a threat, but now just a line of ornamental masonry in what was Ankh-Morpork's Klatchian colony of Tacticum.