conveniently, the below excellent article addresses this issue in
decisions made in '63. It was not just the CS generals who needed to
avoid Pyrrhic victories -- in the forbidden zone, unfortunately
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, "Mark Peters"
> As with many of the CSA commanders, Pyrrhus also didn't know when
> to fight. His campaign, against the Romans, saw him destroy two
> armies at Heraclea and Asculum, but suffered heavy losses in return.
> This, reputedly, led him to say, "one more such victory and I am
> lost". As indeed he was.
> His first duty was to keep his army as an occupying force, not one
> eventually destroyed by needless heroics. Just as, less numerous
> forces had to be preserved to fight a war of attrition, rather than
> winning costly (but in real terms) meaningless battles.