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Psyop Quotes Essay

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PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS
QUOTES

If your opponent is of choleric temper, try to irritate him. If he is arrogant try to encourage his egotism. (If the enemy troops are well prepared after reorganization, try to wear them down. If they are united, try to sow dissension among them.
General Tao Hanzhang, translated by Yuan Shibing, Sun Tzu's The Art Of War

To capture the enemy's entire army is better than to destroy it; to take intact a regiment, a company, or a squad is better than to destroy them. For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the supreme of excellence. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the supreme excellence.
Sun Tzu

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Truth was unimportant and entirely subordinate to tactics and psychology...Hatred and contempt must be directed at particular individuals.

H. Trevor-Roper (ed), The Goebbels Diaries, p. XX, cited in Regan, Geoffrey. 1987. Great Military Disasters. New York: M. Evans and Company.

Capture their minds and their hearts and souls will follow.
Author Unknown

PSYOP...was a great threat to troop morale, second only to the coalition bombing campaign.
Iraqi General after Operation DESERT STORM

The mind of the enemy and the will of his leaders is a target of far more importance than the bodies of his troops.
Brigadier General S.B. Griffith, II, USMC

To seduce the enemy’s soldiers from their allegiance and encourage them to surrender is of special service, for an adversary is more hurt by desertion than by slaughter.
Flavius Vegetius Renatus, c. 378 AD

For a strong adversary (corps) the opposition of twenty-four squadrons and twelve guns ought not to have appeared very serious, but in war the psychological factors are often decisive. An adversary who feels inferior is in reality so.
Field Marshal Carl Gustav Baron Von Mannerheim, 1953

As the excited passions of hostile people are of themselves a powerful enemy, both the general and his government should use their best efforts to allay them.
Lieutenant General Antoine-Henri Baron de Jomini, 1838

The real target in war is the mind of the enemy command, not the bodies of his troops. If we operate against his troops it is fundamentally for the effect that action will produce on the mind and will of the commander; indeed, the trend of warfare and the development of new weapons – aircraft and tanks – promise to give us increased and more direct opportunities of striking at this psychological target.
Captain Sir Basil H. Liddell Hart, 1944

In most campaigns the dislocation of the enemy's psychological and physical balance has been the vital prelude to a successful attempt at his overthrow.
Captain Sir Basil H. Liddell Hart, 1944

It is your attitude, and the suspicion that you are maturing the boldest designs against him, that imposes on your enemy.
Frederick the Great, 1747

The enemy bombards our front not only with a drumfire of artillery, but also with a drumfire of printed paper. Besides bombs, which kill the body, his airmen also throw down leaflets which are intended to kill the soul.
Field Marshal Paul Von Hindenburg, 1847-1934

Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed. He who molds opinion is greater than he who enacts laws.
President Abraham Lincoln

In the sphere of leaflet propaganda the enemy has defeated us . . . The enemy has defeated us, not as man against man in the field of battle, bayonet against bayonet; no, bad contents poorly printed on poor paper have paralyzed our strength.
German Army report, WW I

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