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I first read this as part of a reading assignment for professional development myself, great example of lessons learned and teaching fundamentals.
Anyway Duffers Drift was written as a primer for young Army officers. A young Lieutenant has the role but you are given his perspective, the terrain features, the political situation, conflict with civilians and limits on your own military support. Duffer’s Drift would be very applicable in that situation. But what have not changed very much are the concepts of small unit tactics: The Defence of Duffer’s Drift’s style of literary fiction has been copied by several authors, making this author an influence upon the writings of others.
Young officers and NCO’s. At the end of each dream he lists his good points and his bad points. Views Read Edit View history. Archived copy as title. In a series of nightmares, he relives again and again the same engagement, each time learning something from his errors about the usage of terrain, employment of obser Duffers Drift yields an interesting historical perspective on the education of military officers.
It takes place during the Boer War.
Take time to read it! Premonitions of the Palladion Project: I read “The defense of hill ” prior to reading this book. Swinton served in South Africa during the Boer War, and the book “embodies some recollections of things actually done and undone in South Africa, — I’m surprised to see only 5-star reviews of this book. Return to Book Page. Set up a giveaway. Each time it is replayed, BF learns something new, and helpfully summarizes it for the reader, “Do not, if avoidable, be in tents when bullets are ripping through them; at such times a hole in the ground is worth many tents.
Over the years I have since read it many many times. Refresh and try again. Customers who bought this item also bought. Battle of Booby’s Bluffs.
It is important for its “lessons-learned” examination of the new weapons introduced in the Great War most notably tanks, machine guns and aero planes and how these innovations required learning new combined arms tactics. He is also known for popularizing the term “no-mans land”. As the Lieutenant in each scenario learns from his mistakes, he alters the outcome to his advantage but only incrementally.
Swinton was born in Bangalore, India in 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. You’d have made your side dufferx for some time in the area and guaranteed they’d be thrilled to shelter the enemy later.
Seriously, round up everyone, threaten to kill them, execute whatever livestock you can’t ste Amusingly written, this book has for the most part aged well. Oct 30, Peterb rated it really liked it Shelves: At Peleliu druft Okinawa. I read this book at the recommendation of a friend. Seriously, round up everyone, threaten to kill them, execute whatever livestock you can’t steal, impress local blacks drjft doing menial labor?
The first example is “Battle of Booby’s Bluffs,”  originally published in by an Army officer under the pseudonym, Major Single List. Perhaps this better dufffers itself to 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.
All in all, a disappointing dirft of a book I really wanted to read. Read reviews that mention small unit boer war unit tactics duffers drift backsight forethought lessons learned river crossing cover and concealment lieutenant backsight learn from your mistakes still relevant book as well read this book military duffees dreams fundamentals lesson officer army. No trivia or quizzes yet. Though technology has changed the basics are still the basics. Swinton is credited with influencing the development and adoption of the tank by the British during the First World War.
Ernest Dunlop 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 an infantry unit with only 50 men could defend a river crossing.
In a series of nightmares, he relives again and again differs same engagement, each time learning something from his errors about the usage of terrain, employment of observation posts, or the construction of a defensive position.
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Backsight Forethoughts recommendations, like building your defensive positions with the forced labor of local populations, or corralling the civilian women and children inside a bunker within your position in order to prevent them warning the enemy of your presence, no longer find their way into Army teachings at least in the United States.
Dutfers 16, Travis Lindeman rated it it was ok. Very short book about an officer in the Boer War dreaming about defending a certain region and learning small unit tactics along the way.
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In essence, it is a study of the proper execution of a defense against a crift superior enemy. To ask other readers questions about The Defence of Duffers Driftplease sign up.
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Benning back in the mid’s. At the end of each dream the officer takes away a number of valuable lessons, until in the last dream he implements all these lessons and emerges victorious.
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