The “Great War”: an abalonian vision

BLACK: CENTRAL POWERS
WHITE: ALLIED POWERS

Black begins (28 July 1914: Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia).

CENTRAL POWERS:

Military mobilized: 25,6 millions
Military losses: 4 024 397 deaths & missing in action, 8 419 533 military wounded

ALLIED POWERS:

Military mobilized: 48,2 millions
Military losses: 5 696 056 deaths & missing in action, 12 809 280 military wounded

TOTAL:

Military mobilized: 73,8 millions
Military losses: 9 720 453 deaths & missing in action, 21 228 813 military wounded

(source: Jay Winter, The Great War and the British People, 1986)

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Full mobilisation

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Armistice of 11 November 1918

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(The Evening Standard of 11 November 1918, London, UK)

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(The Sudbury Star of 11 November 1918, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada)

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(The Chicago Daily Tribune of 11 November 1918, Chicago, Illinois, USA)

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NO MORE WAR!
ALWAYS MORE GAMES!

Peace, Love, Unity & Having Fun!

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Fighting to death

October 9, 2016

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“So, you fight to the death in a chess [an abalone] game. You try to use all your skills, your weapons your capabilities to win the war. A lot of people do not realize that kind of depth in a chess [an abalone] game.”

Ashley Maurice, Jamaican American chess grandmaster (1966-)

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Master Sun’s Rules of Warfare #20

July 17, 2016

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“The enemy must not know where I intend to give battle. For if he does not know where I intend to give battle he must prepare in a great many places. And when he prepares in a great many places, those I have to fight in any one place will be few.”

(The Art of War, Chapter VI, Weaknesses and Strengths*)

* « Weaknesses and Strengths » stands for 虛實 (Xūshí)

Sun Tzu, Chinese strategist (c. 544 BC-c. 496 BCE)

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Master Sun’s Rules of Warfare #19

July 10, 2016

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“Therefore, determine the enemy’s plans and you will know which strategy will be successful and which will not. Agitate him and ascertain the pattern of his movement.”

(The Art of War, Chapter VI, Weaknesses and Strengths*)

* « Weaknesses and Strengths » stands for 虛實 (Xūshí)

Sun Tzu, Chinese strategist (c. 544 BC-c. 496 BCE)

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Master Sun’s Rules of Warfare #18

July 3, 2016

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“Order or disorder depends on organization; courage or cowardice on circumstances; strenght or weakness on dispositions.

Thus, those skilled at making the enemy move do so by creating a situation to which he must conform; they entice him with something he is certain to take, and with lures of ostensible profit they await in strenght.”

(The Art of War, Chapter V, Strategic power)

Sun Tzu, Chinese strategist (c. 544 BC-c. 496 BCE)

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Master Sun’s Rules of Warfare #17

June 26, 2016

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“In the tumult and uproar the battle seems chaotic, but there is no disorder; the troops appear to be milling about in circles but cannot be defeated.
Apparent confusion is a product of good order; apparent cowardice, of courage; apparent weakness, of strenght.”

(The Art of War, Chapter V, Strategic power)

Sun Tzu, Chinese strategist (c. 544 BC-c. 496 BCE)

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Master Sun’s Rules of Warfare #16

June 19, 2016

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“Thus the momentum of one skilled in war is overwhelming, and his attack precisely regulated. His potential is that of a fully drawn crossbow; his timing, the release of the trigger.”

(The Art of War, Chapter V, Strategic power)

Sun Tzu, Chinese strategist (c. 544 BC-c. 496 BCE)

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