The Defense of Duffer's Drift
The Defense of Duffer's Drift analyzes small unit tactics and the fundamentals defending of a certain strategic objective. All with limited comm, resources and manpower. The book is narrated by Lieutenant Backsight Forethought in which he speaks about a series of dreams which he has on his first combat operation. Through his dreams Lieutenant Forethought is able to successfully and adequately demonstrate key facets that make or break any units defense. The scenario is the same in each dream, but Lieutenant Forethought doesn't quite remember this. What he does remember is a serious of lessons, learned throughout the dreams. He applies these lessons every dream, getting better and better each dream until he is finally successful in defeating the numerically superior Boers.
Lieutenant Backsight Forethought was given the sole mission of protecting Duffer's Drift at any expense. Lieutenant Forethought having no combat experience had to devise a plan to successfully accomplish his mission while taking minimal casualties. The only defense measures Lieutenant Forethought knew came from reading historical documents such as the battle of Waterloo, Sedan, and Bull Run. Lieutenant Forethought and his men did nothing to shield themselves from possible attacks their first night, they even allows a farmer and his family to walk around and seek goods on their camp. Their camp was never concealed and his troops have their position away freely. That night they were awaken to gun fire and the enemy surrounding them, the farmer included. Their casualties consisted of ten killed, twenty-one wounded; opposed to the Boers, one killed and two wounded.
In his next dream Lieutenant Forethought is yet again faced with the same mission. Except this time, he takes those mistakes from the previous dream, acts on them and manages to better though not fully protect the drift. He pondered over his failures after every dream and eventually figured out what he...
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