The Defence of Duffer's Drift

The Defence of Duffer's Drift

by Ernest Dunlop Swinton


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ISBN-13: 9781514208359
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/03/2015
Pages: 52
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.11(d)

About the Author

Major General Sir Ernest Dunlop Swinton (1868-1951) was a military writer and British Army officer. Swinton is credited with influencing the development and adoption of the tank by the British during the First World War. He is also known for popularising the term "no-mans land". Swinton was born in Bangalore, India in 1868. He was educated at University College School, Rugby School, Cheltenham College, Blackheath Proprietary School and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He became an officer in the Corps of Royal Engineers in 1888, serving in India and becoming Lieutenant in 1891. He received the Distinguished Service Order during the Second Boer War. After the war, he wrote his book on small unit tactics, The Defense of Duffer's Drift, a military classic on minor tactics that has been used by the United States military to train its officers. In the years leading up to the First World War, he served as a staff officer and as an official historian of the Russo-Japanese War. The War Minister, Lord Kitchener appointed Swinton as the official British war correspondent on the Western Front. Journalists were not allowed at the front and Swinton's reports were censored leading to an effectively uncontroversial although even-handed reporting.

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Defence of Duffer's Drift 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Highlander99 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
A classic in small unit tactics in the British and US Armies, this book is recommended, without qualification for the modern professional soldier. The trials and tribulations of young Lieutenant Backsight Forethought in South Africa fighting aginst the wily Boer.
jztemple on LibraryThing 24 days ago
An unusual and interesting book, very entertaining and recommended for even the more casual military reader. Rather than try to describe it here, I suggest anyone interested check out the Amazon product page for the book, the reviewers there have done an excellent job describing the book.