Essay The Defence of Duffer’s Drift

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ATSJ-MPB-T-B 30 OCT 03 MEMORANDUM FOR Small Group Leader, ATTN: CAPT SETTLES, MPOBC 6-03, U.S. Army Military Police School, Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473 SUBJECT: Book review of The Defence of Duffer’s Drift 1. Reference. The Defence of Duffer’s Drift, by Major General Sir Ernest D. Swinton. Published in U.S. Army Infantry Journal in April 1906, 72 pages. 2. Recommendations. a. Recommended Audience. I recommend this book to be read by all OBC Students. It emphasizes the importance of knowing your tactics, prior planning, and your enemy. b. Recommended Actions. I recommend that all leaders and soldiers that read this book take into consideration their basic training…show more content…
The central controlling idea of the book is that a leader must constantly look to improve their ability to lead and be tactically proficient. ATSJ-MPB-T-B SUBJECT: BOOK REVIEW of The Defence of Duffers Drift b. Synopsis. The Defence of Duffer’s Drift is a book in which the author, Captain Swinton , has six dreams in succession. Captain Swinton drempt that Lieutenant Backsight Forethought must defend a drift in South Africa against the enemy Boer at all cost. In each dream he overlooks or makes a mistake, which is catastrophic and costs the battle and the lives of his men. He learns from each dream the mistakes he made and carries on from dream to dream the general lesson previously learnt. In total he carries over (22 lessons) which ultimately brings him success and victory in the end. 5. Analysis. a. Be. (1) Army Values. Having to choose two army values that most applied to this book. Lieutenant BF was portrayed to be duty-bound and displayed selfless service. Despite being defeated several times in the defense of the Drift, he continued to press-on and fulfill his commitment. Lieutenant BF put the welfare of his soldiers before his own. When he knew he had suffered tremendous losses and heavy casualties he surrendered in hopes to spare his men and obtain aid for the injured. (2) Attributes. It is portrayed that Lieutenant BF initially demonstrated poor judgment when setting up the defense of

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