Fire and Water

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    Military tactics

    Fire and Water

    The Art of Incendiary and Aquatic Warfare in China

    Ralph D Sawyer

    Westview 2004

    Hardback 454pp

    9780813340654   Product Code: 61496

    Before the discovery of gunpowder in China, ancient Chinese strategists developed methods of warfare involving fire and water to help the outnumbered, with techniques including the use of boats and carts full of burning oil, the flooding of camps and poisoning of water sources. Sawyer outlines the theory and practice of incendiary and aquatic warfare, with passages from the ancient authors and discussion of a number of illustrative sieges in which these strategies were employed over the centuries.

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