DragonAtma wrote:Keep in mind that Zhuge Liang had only been with Liu Bei for a few years by then (Zhuge joined in 207, Liu Bei arrived in 211, and invaded in earnest in 212).
Also keep in mind that Liu Bei needed to leave officers behind to defend Jing. It'd been three years since Chibi, so Cao Cao's army must have recovered somewhat, especially since he still controlled two thirds of china's people. In comparison, Liu Zhang was a softy to the point that people switched sides in droves (even Wu Yi, whose sister had been married to Liu Zhang's brother Liu Mao). Liu Zhang eventually had to send out no less than his son and heir to provide a general who didn't switch sides.
Dong Zhou wrote:He may have seen Jing as vulnerable and also wanted senior figures who he could trust to bring reinforcements and smash through Yi defences or help him if he got in trouble/got bogged down. Pang Tong and Fa Zheng provided the strategic minds
Liu Bei may also have been, like Yi Ling, trying to build bonds with new officers and blood them. Some will have had expirence in Jing and so more about testing them+winning them over, others would need the expirence. If he fought Zhang Lu, that helps but if he doesn't, well he is taking on Liu Zhang.
Didn't it take Liu Bei three years to beat Liu Zhang?
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