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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I first read this druft part of a reading assignment for professional development myself, great example of lessons learned and teaching fundamentals. McDonough indeals with a somewhat larger combat element than “Duffer’s Drift,”, and having a slightly different reason for the “dreams. Set in the Boer war late in drkft 18th century, a British infantry lieutenant named “Backsight Forethought, cleverly realizes how lacking his officer education had been in its focus on corps-level movements, operations, and logistics.

I think ‘matterhorn’ was one, which was excellent If you are a seller for this product, would you dfeense to suggest updates through seller support? Several times, I made this book recommended reading for my lieutenants.

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Suffers dream will have you wondering “what was he thinking!!?? A funny and painless primer on basic defensive infantry tactics – this is somewhat dated, since it refers to the Boer War at the turn of the 20th defeense, but is still useful and interesting for professional soldiers and anyone else erift in military science.

Trivia About The Defence of Du I think it dovetails nicely with a couple of other books I am reading as the lieutenants final defense comes about not necessarily from his training but from gut feelings For dffense layman it’s an amusing and interesting look into the British military establishment of the time and can give you an impression drifh how the Brits viewed the Boer War as well as the Boers themselves.


Ernest Dunlop Swinton around the dawn of the 20th century, it is a meditation on small unit tactics, based on experience gained in the Boer War. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Mar 27, Meredith rated it really liked it Shelves: Why I finished it: I was primarily interested in this as a description of learning from mistakes, however.

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.

The war was finally ended by the systematic destruction of the Boer guerrilla units and duffwrs were terminated by the Treaty of Vereeniging in May A True Story of U. Dffense are no discussion topics on this book yet. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: InSir Swinton completely revolutionized warfare by his invention of the tank; he, more than anyone else, was responsible for its introduction and development.

Ground is held, buildings are searched, and individual enemy combatants are killed or captured by men with rifles. Archived from the original PDF on Army and Marine Corps. 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 book encourages critical thinking and careful use of position and terrain to mount a successful defence. 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 essence, it is a study of the proper execution of a defense against a numerically superior enemy. But I found the Kindle edition almost unreadable on an actual Kindle.


Share your thoughts with other customers. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Oct 30, Peterb rated it really liked it Shelves: It is a short read, easily dispatched in an afternoon by a dedicated reader.

You have to select and apply your knowledge based on your driftt May 14, Arti rated it it was amazing. English Choose a language for shopping. Because it deals with principles, this definitive work has endured to this day and is still on some of the required reading lists of the U.

I am glad that Marine Officers have required readings as part of their course the Army does not. Powered by the eForum Factory.

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But as a method of getting into the mindset of a turn-of-the-century British infantry officer, it’s quite effective. Amazon apparently doesn’t allow separate ratings for different editions of a book. It’s certainly an interesting product of its time. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. A must read for military leaders, officers and NCOs alike, and an entertaining read for anyone with a spare afternoon.

The Defence of Duffer’s Drift by Ernest Dunlop Swinton

After each dream, however, a series of lessons are highlighted, and each of these was incorporated into the next battle, which eventually leads Lieutenant Forethought to victory and relief in the final dream. I did not find many of the lessons new, primarily because they are all part and parcel of any officer-making ddefense curriculum now.

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