Military Formation of Terracotta Army
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For the magnificent layout and delicate soldier figures made out, every one of us held curious feeling to Terracotta Warriors. In addition to the lifelike appearances, delicate dressing styles and profound history, it stored deep meaning in the military formation. Now, let us walk into the limitary formation of Terracotta Army.

Terracotta Warriors
Origin of Terracotta Army
It is said that during the Spring and Autumn period and the period of the Warring States, China is divided into six or seven states. Among them, war is always frequent appeared. So, these states thought up all ideas to fight against with each other. During the life, warfare is the first way. Many treaties have been written on the warfare, such as Master Sun's Art of War, Master Wu's Art of War and Sun Bin's Art of War, each being in-depth studies of warfare which remain virtual Bibles of the battlefield even to this day. For the discovery of Emperor Qin Shi Huang helped to resolve some rules in the tactic book which has been hitherto unclear.

Master Sun's Art of War
It is the very famous and earliest known treaties about war and military science. For the Terracotta Army, it is the most important reason that the military formation. It is also called the Sun-TZU or Sun Zi which is the reputed author of Chinese classic Art of War. It is said that in ancient time, the war book is traditionally attributed to Sun Tzu who is a military strategist and general served the state of Wu near the end of the Spring and Autumn Period. However, it is more likely written early in the Warring States Period. From this book, the Qin officers got various manoeuvres and effect of terrain on the outcome of battles. It paid much attention on the enemy's forces, deployment and movements. From some aspects, it stressed the essence of how to seize the great chance to gain a successful war.

Formation of Terracotta Army
The magnificent pits offered an incredible amount of information of the army's forces, dispositions such as the distribution and formation of ranks, the use of the weapons and the application of military tactics. The essence of the combatant paid much attention on the energy not much from the individuals. During Qin Dynasty, the relative general will choose the right men and utilize their combined energy. Just during the war, the energy man looks like unto rolling logs or stones.

Just for the Sun Zi Art War, the Terracotta Army reflected strong war art!

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