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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How to look at all angles of your position and to put you and your men I’m the best position for prosperity. Fascinating book for all interested in basic infantry tactics, which has been used as a training manual for militaries world wide.

The Defence of Duffers Drift

And the principles are simple enough and good, but its not the most enjoyable or provocative book I’ve read. The Defence of Duffer’s Drift Paperback.

A great read and a novel way to impart deffense lessons to the reader. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. 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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It takes place during the Boer War. The winter edition of the Canadian Army Journal contained the following praise:. English Choose a language for shopping. It is a good book to give you an idea of how to open your eyes to different scenarios for a defensive situation.

Classic on military tactics A must read for military leaders, officers and NCOs alike, and an entertaining read for anyone with a spare afternoon. Presumably, most readers of Duffer’s Drift are interested in military strategy. A sequence of 6 “dreams” for the same military problem of a small force of men holding a position against a more numerous and heavily armed adversary.


All kidding aside, it was a great learning tool for illustrating to junior officer that maybe college didn’t teach us everything we need to know. It’s still in print to this date. Very interesting and well written short work on small unit tactics.

But what have not changed very much are the concepts of small unit tactics: The book, especially intended for young lieutenants, has become a military staple on small unit tactics, read far afield in places such as the United States, Russia, and Canada. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Sep 29, Chad rated it really liked it Recommended to Chad by: If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

His initial failures and eventual victory serve as an entertaining and instructive vehicle to convey the principles of small unit tactics.

The Defence Of Duffer’s Drift – A Lesson in the Fundamentals of Small Unit Tactics

A large force of Boers, unknown to BF, is moving toward his position. Read more Read less.

The fifth and sixth dreams are the most successful; in them, BF creates a spread-out and concealed force that greatly hampers and slows the enemy, even so much as to turn them back and allow for reinforcement in the sixth dream. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. In a series of six dreams, the protagonist learns how to lead 50 men in the defense of a river during the Boer War.


Archived copy as title. To ask other readers questions about The Defence defenwe Duffers Driftplease sign up. It’s an interesting book that can be read in an afternoon of reading.

Set in the Boer Wars, the lessons are still very timely and relevant today.

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My solution and suggestion for anyone interested in an ebook version of this fine book is to visit Project Gutenberg, download the ePub or HTML version for free, install Calibre on your computer, and you’re good to go.

This scenario is played out six separate times, in six “dreams. 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 driff hole in the ground is worth many tents. Archived from the original on Puts you in the Scenario. I’m giving the book one star to draw attention to that fact.

And those men are led by NCOs and junior officers. The war was finally ended by the systematic destruction of the Boer guerrilla units and hostilities were terminated by the Treaty of Vereeniging in May