The Defense of Duffer's Drift (1916)

The Defense of Duffer's Drift (1916)

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by Ernest Dunlop Swinton
     
 

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This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature.

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This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature. Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of rare and hard-to-find books with something of interest for everyone!

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ISBN-13:
9781166925536
Publisher:
Kessinger Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
406,171
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.13(d)

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The Defense Of Duffer's Drift (1916) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book back in 1994 at the Engineer Offiver Basic Course. As a newly minted Second Lieutenant, the fundamentals taught by Swinton were fresh and necessary. As an Engineer Officer, where our responsibility was mobility, countermobility and survivability, the lesons were especially relevant. First published in 1907, this classic tale of Subaltern Backsight Forethought and his detachment tasked to defend Duffer's Drift during the Boer War, is a lesson in basic small unit tactics. From the very first lesson of ensuring that the defenses are perpared before resting to the last lesson of expert use of terrain, cover and concealment, the easy reading book reinforces the lessons of terrain analysis, solid tactics and common sense. On a deeper level, the book remains relevant to the business person in a way that is similar to a Sun Tzu or Machiavelli. Understand the fundamentals, do not trust the enemy, understand the landscape you will fight on, see yourself from the enemies point of view, use available resources, continue to learn from your mistakes and continuously improve. Still relevant for the modern soldier because of the focus on fundamentals, the non-soldier has much to gain by reading the book as well.
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