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Title: Cutting the enemy's line of supply : the rise of the tactic and its use in early Chinese warfare
Authors: Tse, WWK 
Keywords: Cavalry
Early Chinese warfare
Supply line/line of supply
Warring States period
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Source: Journal of Chinese military history, 2017, v. 6, no. 2, p. 131-156 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Chinese military history 
Abstract: As the logistical distance between a field army and its domestic base increased from being measured in days to weeks or even months during the Warring States period, how to maintain the continual provisioning of armies on campaigns of long duration conducted in faraway places became a crucial issue. On the other hand, a new tactic which capitalized on the fragility of the enemy's supply lines arose subsequently, and became an option to break stalemates and to undermine the enemy's will and ability to fight before a frontal assault. This study, by tracing four documented cases, aims to analyze the preconditions that gave rise to the tactic of cutting the enemy's supply line, and through these to examine certain features in the development of early Chinese warfare.
ISSN: 2212-7453
EISSN: 2212-7453
DOI: 10.1163/22127453-12341315
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