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The Conduct Of Civil War

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His victory at Guandu established Cao Cao as the most powerful figure of northern China. Yuan Shao was still a force to be reckoned with and other rivals would appear in the future, so there were many more battles to come. This chapter considers only questions relating to fighting on land. Many problems presented by naval warfare were different, and Cao Cao was not involved with them until his occupation of Jing province in 208. From the clay figures found in the tomb of the First Emperor of Qin it can be noticed that many infantrymen carried armour, probably composed of leather plates bound by cords of the same material. After the battle of Guandu Cao Cao claimed Yuan Shao had ten thousand suits of body-armour.

Keywords: Cao Cao; Guandu; Yuan Shao



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