The Defence of Duffer's Drift

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United States Infantry Association, 1916 - Guerrilla warfare - 62 pages
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User Review  - Unkletom - LibraryThing

This book was surprisingly entertaining. Although written to educate young officers on battlefield tactics it reads like Groundhog Day, with young Lieutenant Backsight Forethought has to fight the same battle over and over again until he gets it right. Read full review

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An unusual and interesting book, very entertaining and recommended for even the more casual military reader. Swinton's book is a classic for good reasons. Rather than instructing cadets with a dry ... Read full review

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Page 38 - Now I shall be out of sight; So through the valley and over the height, In silence I'll take my way; I will not go on like that blustering train, The wind and the snow, the hail and the rain, Who make so much bustle and noise in vain, But I'll be as busy as they.
Page 20 - Eventually the following lessons framed themselves in my head — some of them quite new, some of them supplementing those four I had already learnt : 5. 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 away), unless the locality is suitable to hold for other and defensive reasons. 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...
Page 37 - Nothing, a trifling sum of misery, New added to the foot of thy account: Thy wife is seized and borne away." To a hammer: " Your fate, once more, is laid upon the anvil; Now pluck up all the Spartan in your soul; Now stretch at every stroke, and hammer out A new and nobler fortune.
Page 60 - Cloth Bound -:- Fits the Pocket Compiled from the latest information of how they are going about it on the Western front. Profusely illustrated. Postpaid ... 75c. COMPANY ADMINISTRATION A reference book that no Company Commander, First Sergeant or Company Clerk can afford to be without. The most complete and practical treatment of the subject that has been produced. Postpaid - - - $1.25 TACTICAL WALKS A system of instruction for Officers and non-commissioned Officers for the duties that will devolve...
Page 15 - After these lessons had been dinned into my soul millions and millions of times, so that I could never forget them, a strange thing came to pass — there was a kaleidoscopic change. I had another dream. Second Dream " And what did ye look they should compass? Warcraft learnt in a breath, Knowledge unto occasion at the first far view of Death?
Page 46 - During the next few hours we buried the dead, tended the wounded, and took some well-earned rest, and I had ample leisure to consider my failure and the causes. The lessons I derived from the fight were — 20. Beware of convex hills and dead ground. Especially take care to have some place where the enemy must come under your fire. Choose the exact position of your firing-trenches, with your eye at the level of the men who will eventually use them. 21. A hill may not, after all, though it has "command,"...
Page 15 - passes," at once to confide in them. 3. 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. 4. Do not, if avoidable, be in tents when bullets are ripping through them: at such times a hole in the ground is worth many tents.
Page 21 - Probable cost — some heavy and gw lying, but no lives will be expended. 7. It is not business to allow lazy black men (even though they be brothers and neutrals) to sit and pick their teeth outside their kraals whilst tired white men are breaking their hearts trying to do heavy labour in short time. 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.
Page 28 - For protection you must be able to get right close under the cover. 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. To hollow out the bottom of the trench sides to give extra room will be even better, because the open top of the trench can be kept the less wide. The more like a mere slit the open top of the trench is, the fewer shrapnel bullets will get in. While chewing over these lessons learnt from bitter experience,...
Page 14 - Towards evening my head got worse, and its rhythmic throbbing seemed gradually to take a meaning, and hammered out the following lessons, the result of much pondering on my failure: 1. Do not put off taking your measures of...

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