The Defence of Duffer’s Drift [Ernest Dunlop Swinton] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Ernest Dunlop Swinton is a military professional. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. The Defence of Duffers Drift has ratings and 36 reviews. Checkman said: I first read this book when I was a young 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. It.

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Backsight Forethought’s revelations about deadspace his poor reading of the terrain allows the enemy to sneak up to his lines undetected underneath his fields of firefor example, teach in the format of a story the same principle.

Several times, I made dwfense book recommended reading for my lieutenants. I still have the copy that I purchased at Fort Knox in Amusingly written, this book has for the most part aged well. See 1 question about The Defence of Duffers Drift….

Return to Book Page. The fifth and sixth dreams are the most successful; in them, BF creates defesne spread-out and concealed force that greatly hampers and slows the enemy, even so much as to turn them back and allow for reinforcement in the sixth dream.

Presumably, most readers of Duffer’s Drift are interested in military deense. Army and Marine Corps But what have not changed very much are the concepts of small unit tactics: The book’s content, of course, is excellent, a classic.

That was this book’s achievement – to push junior officer education towards small unit tactics. And those men are led by NCOs and junior officers. It contains a lot of lessons that the lieutenant learned about defending his ground. Each dream will have you wondering “what was he thinking!!??


Perhaps this better lends itself driift remembering the pitfalls of deadspace and the importance of understanding terrain better than wrote memorization of doctrinal definitions not that doctrine is without its place.

I really appreciated that the POV character would dream in tactics so I didn’t have to. The book is available for free as an eBook from Project Gutenberg here. He has passed his officer courses and special qualifications. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. I read “The defense of hill ” prior to reading this book. Applicable to any war but this book would be interesting to read with an account of Rappahannock Station, which was a spearhead position held by Confederates in advance of Lee’s line on November 7, where Meade’s forces overwhelmed the defenders and took almost 3, prisoners.

The Defence of Duffer’s Drift by Ernest Dunlop Swinton

Think it deefense before acting it out. Swinton is a military professional with experience in the Boer War who wrote this famous short book based on a series of thoughts he had on how a infantry unit with only 50 men could defend a river crossing. Oct 30, Peterb rated it really liked it Shelves: A classic in small unit tactics in the British and U.

Very short book about an officer in the Boer War dreaming about defending a certain region and learning small unit tactics along the way. The Defence of Duffer’s Drift.


In the years leading up to the First World War, he served as a staff officer and as an dufferz historian of the Russo-Japanese War.

I read it in under an hour, it was quick, coherent and educational.

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In essence, it is a study of the proper execution of a defense against a numerically superior enemy. While able to slow the Boers down some, poor placement of trenches, lack of supplies, obvious fortifications that the enemy can easily detect and plan around, and other problems hamper the British resistance. See all 21 reviews. An Experiment in Literary Investigation P.

The Defence Of Duffer’s Drift – A Lesson in the Fundamentals of Small Unit Tactics

He is also known for popularising the term “no-mans land”. It takes place during the Boer War. In the first dream, he makes so many mistakes as to prove catastrophic for him and his men.

Lieutenant Backsight Forethought and his command of fifty men are given the task to defend Duffer’s Drift, a natural ford to a river. Battle of Booby’s Bluffs. Open Preview See a Problem?