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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Swinton is credited with influencing the development and adoption of the tank dkffers 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 He became an officer in the Corps of Royal Engineers inserving in India and becoming Lieutenant in 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.

Journalists were not dffers at the front and Swinton’s reports were censored leading to an effectively uncontroversial although even-handed reporting. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Ernest Dunlop Swinton drify 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.

Through the perspective of a young Lieutenant, you are given the terrain features, the political situation, conflict with civilians and limits on your own military support. Eefense is a brief history of the war with the “Dutch” and then your Lieutenant receives his assignment.

With the use of maps, there are six scenarios of the Lieutenants approach to defending the crossing drift. Each scenario is acted out and with each of the first five scenarios there are several lessons learned such as the effect of enfilading fire, the limitations of a simple trench, the use of the military crest versus being located on top of the hill, the effect the local sympathetic population may have on aiding guerrilla fighters, the effect eefense surprise, disguising your defense from view, proper posting of sentries and responsibilities, how to combat defensd, dealing with multiple directions of attack, using the terrain to advantage and on.

The Defence of Duffer’s Drift by Ernest Dunlop Swinton

As the Lieutenant in each scenario learns from his mistakes, he alters the outcome to his advantage but only incrementally. Only at the end and sixth scenario does he get it right but with realistic loss. The same map is introduced in each scenario with defense features matching the new defensive tactics. This is a very readable book that can be read in less than 2 hours time. Applicable to any war but this book would be interesting to read dufferd an account of Rappahannock Station, which was a spearhead position held by Confederates in advance of Lee’s line on November 7, where Meade’s forces overwhelmed the defenders and took almost 3, prisoners.


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Has no one reviewed the Kindle edition? I’m giving the book one star to draw attention to that fact. The book’s content, of course, is excellent, a classic.

Other reviewers have done a good job of describing that and I have nothing useful to add in that respect. But I found the Kindle edition almost unreadable on an actual Kindle. To begin with, the pages are all cefense poorly photocopied images of the original pages, and at a size that argues for using a magnifying glass.

This means that the Kindle font enlargement feature doesn’t work. I tried downloading it to my Kindle for PC, which improved things a little, but still made for difficult reading. The maps are coarse and difficult to make out. All in all, a disappointing rendering of a book I really wanted to read. If you want a hardcopy version, you’ll be O. Compare the “Look Inside” features of the hardcopy and the Kindle edition and you’ll see what I’m talking about. 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 book is well worth reading, if you get the right version. Puts you in the Scenario. 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.


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. Fascinating book for all interested in basic infantry tactics, which has been used as a training manual for vuffers world wide. Duffer’s Drift would be very applicable here. It’s a terrific primer for junior officers and a light but powerful reminder of the basics for those of dtift who think we have a little more experience.

Set in the Boer Wars, the lessons are still very timely and relevant today. Several times, I made this book recommended reading for my lieutenants. Read this and then come back and re-read it. The review above refers to the version by Avery Publishing.

InI wanted to give a copy as a gift. Luckily, I skimmed it before wrapping it. This new version by Dodo Press is missing several of the most useful sections of the original book.

It omits the historical notes that put the Boer War in context, drrift missing most of the maps and even omits Swinton’s own preface. It is far less useful as a primer than the duffes version.

Amazon apparently doesn’t allow separate ratings for different editions of a book. If I could, I would leave the original version with 5 stars but downgrade the Dodo Press version to 3 stars or less. I am returning this new, faulty copy.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Very easy to read. A sequence of 6 “dreams” for the differs military problem of a small force of men holding a position against a more numerous and heavily armed adversary. In each of the dreams suffers are given the deployment of the men and what preparations have been made.

We then find out what happens. 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.

A great read and a novel way to impart tactical lessons to the reader. I teach military science and use this as a reading assignment. I first read this as part of a reading assignment for professional development myself, great example of lessons learned and teaching fundamentals. A classic, must read. See all 21 reviews.

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