Friday, April 13, 2007

Duffer's Drift Link --

It is over a hundred years old, but Ernest Swinton's short little work is still of value. For those unfamiliar with it, I urge you to take a few minutes and read through it. It not only has many uses as a tactical tool, but it contains more than a few ideas for miniature games.

Best of all, you don't need to go to a library to read it. It is available online -- here's the link:

Be sure to click on the "Map" to see what the terrain looked like.

For those who don't know of it, it purports to be a series of dreams where a young officer tries various ways of defending a vital piece of real estate during the Boer War (1899-1902). The tactical lessons he learns might just help us on the tabletop.

Give it a read . . . it isn't long.

-- Jeff


Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Aha - thanks for the reminder Jeff - I have a soft copy of this document in my files and haven't read it in a while - excellent! (Thanks also for the comments re recylcing natives and HOTT - there's a similar mechanism in "Pony Wars", so I'll investigate further..)

MurdocK said...

Cool little document, interesting that he used 'free association' and 'intuition' to solve these problems ... sad to say that dogma has replaced karma in the modern military.

The document is also shorter than Sun Tzu, but both cover the same 'ground'.