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The Defense Of Duffer's Drift
     

The Defense Of Duffer's Drift

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by Earnest Swinton
 

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The Defence of Duffer’s Drift is a fundamental and yet insightful analysis of a small unit’s tactics in defending a strategic objective given limited communications, resources, and manpower. All of which is narrated in a distinct and unique manner through a created character named Lt. Backsight Forethought and his series of dreams. Through the main

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The Defence of Duffer’s Drift is a fundamental and yet insightful analysis of a small unit’s tactics in defending a strategic objective given limited communications, resources, and manpower. All of which is narrated in a distinct and unique manner through a created character named Lt. Backsight Forethought and his series of dreams. Through the main character’s point of view, Major General Swinton is able to delineate many of the integral facets of a successful defense in an enjoyable and atypical manner. The author’s many years of military service and experience are quite evident throughout the book and are most revealed through the twenty-two lessons learned and applied by Lt. Forethought. Of those twenty-two lessons, three in particular seemed to be of extreme relevance to a new platoon leader: the urgency and importance of first setting security and preparing defenses, the use of cover and concealment, and the creation of clear fields of fire.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014895781
Publisher:
Chris Capps
Publication date:
08/16/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,149,931
File size:
619 KB

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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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