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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (86 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernest Dunlop Swinton Narrator: John Le Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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First published in 1907, The Defence 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. In a series of dreams, Swinton’s character Lieutenant Backsight Forethought works through a number of possible approaches to defending a piece of land known as the Drift. Each time he makes fatal errors, but with each successive dream, Forethought corrects his previous mistakes and learns new lessons. The resulting work is an accessible, insightful look at small unit tactics and leadership that is as useful today as it was in the early twentieth century. This edition also includes The Battle of Booby’s Bluffs by Major Single List.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Robert | 12/1/2013

    " A required read for NCO's and potential leaders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wachlin007 Hotmail | 11/13/2013

    " This book is based off of the author's personal experiences. It takes place during the Boer War. It contains a lot of lessons that the lieutenant learned about defending his ground. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chad | 4/21/2013

    " Very cool book -- tells the story of the same battle multiple times, as the narrator learns lessons each time and has the opportunity to try again. Fairly short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by JP Aycox | 1/30/2013

    " I read "The defense of hill 781" prior to reading this book. It is a good book to give you an idea of how to open your eyes to different scenarios for a defensive situation. How to look at all angles of your position and to put you and your men I'm the best position for prosperity. "

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About the Author

Ernest Dunlop Swinton (1868–1951) was a military writer and British Army officer. Born in Bangalore, India, he became an officer in the Corps of Royal Engineers in 1888. During the Second Boer War, he received the Distinguished Service Order; in the years leading up to World War I, he served as a staff officer and an official historian of the Russo-Japanese War. His works include The Green Curve, The Study of War, Eyewitness, and An Eastern Odyssey.