The defense of duffer s drift

Choose the exact position of your firing trenches, with your eye at the level of the men who will eventually use them. You Can't Thwart Stage One: Archived from the original PDF on Beware of being taken in reverse; take care, when placing and making your defences, that when you are engaged in shooting the enemy to the front of your trench, his pal cannot sneak up and shoot you in the back.

The South African War provided the next opportunity for literary fiction to play a role in future army concepts. Of course, if they are very numerous or very far off, this is impossible; only do not then hope to surprise the enemy. 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.

Though for promotion it may be sound to advertise your position, for defence it is not. It may even be much better to take up your defensive position some way from the spot, and so away from concealed ground, which enables the enemy to crawl up to very close range, concealed and unperceived, and to fire from cover which hides them even when shooting.

Fortifications are not prepared and the sentries announce their locations, allowing the Boers to easily sneak up and defeat the sleepy British soldiers without resistance.

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. Probable cost—some heavy and glib lying, but no lives will be expended.

One of the first lessons learned: 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.

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. For close shooting from a non-concealed trench, head cover with loopholes is an advantage.

Do not huddle all your men together in a small trench like sheep in a pen. It is worth noting that some of Lt. His book, Premonitions of the Palladion Project: During the Boer War, militaries had strict protocols that governed warfare. During the Boer War, militaries had strict protocols that governed warfare.

This will very likely be sufficient for the nearest commando. As narrow a trench as possible, with the sides and inside of the parapet as steep as they will stand, will give you the best chance.

Though for promotion it may be sound to advertise your position, for defence it is not. Here is his chance for fame and glory.

With modern rifles, to guard a drift or locality does not necessitate sitting on top of it as if it could be picked up and carried awayunless the locality is suitable to hold for other and defensive reasons. This book is short in terms of words written but long in knowledge conveyed.

The author supports his thesis by relating a series of progressive lessons he learned while serving as a lieutenant in the Anglo-Boer War. The Defence of Duffer’s Drift is a concise, allegorical book that would be a valuable asset to young, inexperienced military service members.

The author, Sir Ernest D.

The Defence of Duffers Drift

Swinton, was a former British Army officer that rose to the rank of Major General. The Defence of Duffer's Drift—written in by British Major-General Ernest Dunlop Swinton under the pseudonym Lt.

Backsight Forethought—is a short book on.

The Defence of Duffer’s Drift

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.

The Defence of Duffers Drift

It appeared in the British United Service Magazine under the pseudonym, Lieutenant N. Backsight Forethought, who is the narrator of the maxiwebagadir.com: Major General Sir Ernest Dunlop Swinton.

“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).

Nov 26,  · First published inThe Defense of Duffer's Drift is a classic essay on small unit tactics based on author Ernest Dunlop Swinton's experiences in the Boer War in South Africa. Fleet Marine Force Reference Publication (FMFRP)The Defense of Duffer’s Drift, is published to ensure the retention and dissemination of useful information which is not intended to become doctrine or to be published in Fleet.

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The Defence of Duffers Drift by Ernest Dunlop Swinton