I feel like I'm winning my battles but losing the war.
If he had lived I should have made him fight his battles over again.
You win your battles or they destroy you!
In 1081 the Normans under Robert Guiscard possessed themselves of Durazzo; Guiscard's son Bohemund defeated the Greeks in several battles and again (i 107) laid siege to Durazzo, which had been surrendered to them by treachery; failing to take the city, he retired to Italy in 1109.
Battles raged atop the walls, on the narrow stairways, at the base of the walls.