The defence of duffers drift

I did not find many of the lessons new, primarily because they are all part and parcel of any officer-making program's curriculum now.

The fourth was written by Albert J. For close shooting from a non-concealed trench, head cover with loopholes is an advantage. Though to stop a shrapnel bullet much less actual thickness of earth is necessary than to stop a rifle bullet, yet this earth must be in the right place.

In his first dream, young Forethought makes little preparation to ensure the defense of the crossing and even allows some of the local populace a look inside his camp.

That is why today every Army cadet is thrown a Ranger Handbook and Infantry Platoon and Squad FM, and taught light infantry tactics before ever being assigned a branch. Here is his chance for fame and glory. Here is his chance for fame and glory.

With your men scattered around, you can safely let the enemy fill your trench to the brim with shrapnel bullets.

The Defense of Duffer's Drift

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.

The author, Sir Ernest D. Probable cost—some heavy and glib lying, but no lives will be expended. This book provided a project management framework illustrating twenty-four project management rules.

Defence of Duffers Drift Book Report

This book provided a project management framework illustrating twenty-four project management rules. Lessons learned[ edit ] The following are the lessons learned discussed in this book. With your men scattered around, you can safely let the enemy fill your trench to the brim with shrapnel bullets.

It is more the duty of a Christian soldier to teach the dusky neutral the dignity of labour, and to keep him under guard, to prevent his going away to talk about it. Some examples are provided below, including: It is nasty from one flank - far worse from both flanks.

The writer recommends that all entry level service members read this book because it is written in a simple, entertaining style and instills the reader with a basic foundation in the art of small unit warfare. It is worth noting that some of Lt. Included with the dreams are notations to real life mistakes made by American commanders during the War.

Stuff well with chestnuts as to the large force about to join you in a few hours; garnish with corroborative detail, and season according to taste with whiskey or tobacco. The third one was written by Dr.

Swinton may have not called what he was doing an after action review AARbut in reality he conducted one with himself after each passing battle. Some examples are provided below, including: The surviving soldiers to include Swinton were hauled off by the Boer enemy and stripped of their clothing.

His book, Premonitions of the Palladion Project: When fired at by an enemy at close range from nearly all round, a low parapet and shallow trench are not of much use, as what bullets do not hit the defenders on one side hit those on another.

Choose the exact position of your firing trenches, with your eye at the level of the men who will eventually use them. Choose the position of your camp mainly with reference to your defence. What makes this year old book worth reading today is precisely its antiquated narration of those same lessons.

The main character in the story is Lieutenant Backsight Forethought, a young, inexperienced British Army officer that has a succession of six dreams in which he is given the same task. Do not let your sentries advertise their position to the whole world, including the enemy, by standing in the full glare of a fire, and making much noise every half-hour.The Defence of Duffers Drift was written by British Major General Ernest Swinton.

Swinton’s main focus was to portray a series of events or battles he commanded during. “The Defence of Duffer’s Drift” is a fascinating book for all interested in basic infantry tactics, which has been used as a training manual for militaries worldwide.

This is a very readable book that can be read in less than 2 hours time/5(21). In the years since The Defence of Duffers Drift was first published in Great Britain, the face of modern warfare has changed dramatically.

But what have not changed very much are the concepts of small unit tactics: Ground is held, buildings are searched, and individual enemy combatants are killed or captured by men with rifles/5.

The Defence of Duffer's Drift is a short book by Major General Sir Ernest Dunlop Swinton, published in when Swinton was a Captain. It appeared in the British United Service Magazine under the pseudonym, Lieutenant N. Backsight Forethought, who is the narrator of the book. The book is an Author: Major General Sir Ernest Dunlop Swinton.

Map of Duffer's Drift. The Defence of Duffer's Drift is a short book by Major General Sir Ernest Dunlop Swinton, published in when Swinton was a Captain. It appeared in the British United Service Magazine under the pseudonym, Lieutenant N. Backsight Forethought, who is the narrator of the palmolive2day.com: Major General Sir Ernest Dunlop Swinton.

The Defence of Duffer's Drift was published in when Swinton was a Captain. It appeared in the British United Service Magazine under the pseudonym, Lieutenant N. Backsight Forethought ("BF"), who is the narrator of the book.

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