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11th Jan '16 10:38:15 PM Cinereous
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** [[http://defenseofjad.com/ The Defense of Jisra al-Doreaa]], written by two U.S. Army officers and taking place in Iraq during TheWarOnTerror.
21st Sep '15 4:52:13 PM MarkLungo
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''The Defence of Duffer's Drift''--written in 1904 by British Major-General [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Dunlop_Swinton Ernest Dunlop Swinton]] under the pseudonym [[MeaningfulName Lt. Backsight Forethought]]--is a short book on military tactics set during the SecondBoerWar. Over the FramingDevice of [[AllJustADream a sequence of six dreams]], Lieutenant Backsight Forethought, or BF, must defend a river crossing, the eponymous "Duffer's Drift", against a numerically superior force of Boers. The scenario [[GroundhogDayLoop starts out the same way over each dream]], and BF doesn't remember the terrain or the events each new time the scenario is replayed. What he does remember are a series of tactical lessons learned, which he applies to good effect in each new iteration. Eventually, his force does better and better until, on the sixth run-through, he manages to successfully defend the crossing.

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''The Defence of Duffer's Drift''--written in 1904 by British Major-General [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Dunlop_Swinton Ernest Dunlop Swinton]] under the pseudonym [[MeaningfulName Lt. Backsight Forethought]]--is a short book on military tactics set during the SecondBoerWar.UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar. Over the FramingDevice of [[AllJustADream a sequence of six dreams]], Lieutenant Backsight Forethought, or BF, must defend a river crossing, the eponymous "Duffer's Drift", against a numerically superior force of Boers. The scenario [[GroundhogDayLoop starts out the same way over each dream]], and BF doesn't remember the terrain or the events each new time the scenario is replayed. What he does remember are a series of tactical lessons learned, which he applies to good effect in each new iteration. Eventually, his force does better and better until, on the sixth run-through, he manages to successfully defend the crossing.



* SecondBoerWar: the setting.

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* SecondBoerWar: UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar: the setting.



* YouCantThwartStageOne: BF's goal is to avert this through his GroundhogDayLoop. It still doesn't keep him suffering the full brunt of MurphysLaw every time he commits a mistake or disregards a vital tactical precaution. He puts up sentries and sends the rest to bed? The sentries get shot and the camp overrun. He orders the soldiers to stay alert? The Boers snipe them silly from all sides. He has them dig in? The Boers produce ''cannon and Nordenfeldt guns'' on the hills. He has them dig in and propery fortify on a nearby hilltop? The Boers [[AntiClimax simply ride through the drift past them]], taking advantage of their self-inficted immobility.

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* YouCantThwartStageOne: BF's goal is to avert this through his GroundhogDayLoop. It still doesn't keep him suffering the full brunt of MurphysLaw every time he commits a mistake or disregards a vital tactical precaution. He puts up sentries and sends the rest to bed? The sentries get shot and the camp overrun. He orders the soldiers to stay alert? The Boers snipe them silly from all sides. He has them dig in? The Boers produce ''cannon and Nordenfeldt guns'' on the hills. He has them dig in and propery fortify on a nearby hilltop? The Boers [[AntiClimax simply ride through the drift past them]], taking advantage of their self-inficted immobility.immobility.
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11th Jan '15 6:17:31 PM JenBurdoo
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** The Boers actually did entrench in a river at Magersfontein.

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** The Boers actually did entrench in a river at Magersfontein.Magersfontein, to great success, which is probably where Swinton got the idea.
4th Jun '14 8:53:59 AM jeez
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* YouCantThwartStageOne: BF's goal is to avert this through his GroundhogDayLoop. It still doesn't keep him suffering the full brunt of MurphysLaw every time he commits a mistake or disregards a vital tactical precaution. He puts up sentries and sends the rest to bed? The sentries get shot and the camp overrun. He orders the soldiers to stay alert? The Boers snipe them silly from all sides. He has them dig in? The Boers produce ''cannon and Nordenfeldt guns'' on the hills. He has them dig in and propery fortify on a nearby hilltop? The Boers simply ride through the drift past them, taking advantage of their self-inficted immobility.

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* YouCantThwartStageOne: BF's goal is to avert this through his GroundhogDayLoop. It still doesn't keep him suffering the full brunt of MurphysLaw every time he commits a mistake or disregards a vital tactical precaution. He puts up sentries and sends the rest to bed? The sentries get shot and the camp overrun. He orders the soldiers to stay alert? The Boers snipe them silly from all sides. He has them dig in? The Boers produce ''cannon and Nordenfeldt guns'' on the hills. He has them dig in and propery fortify on a nearby hilltop? The Boers [[AntiClimax simply ride through the drift past them, them]], taking advantage of their self-inficted immobility.
4th Jun '14 8:51:17 AM jeez
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* BritsWithBattleships: Or in that case, Entrenching Tools.



* YouCantThwartStageOne: BF's goal in the story is it to avert this in his GroundhogDayLoop. It still doesn't keep him suffering the full brunt of MurphysLaw every time he commits a mistake or disregards a vital tactical precaution. He puts up sentries and sends the rest to bed? The sentries get shot and the camp overrun. He orders the soldiers to stay alert? The Boers snipe them from all sides. He has them dig in? The Boers produce ''cannon and Nordenfeldt guns'' on the hills. He has them dig in and propery fortify on a nearby hilltop? The Boers simply ride through the drift past them, taking advantage of their self-inficted immobility.

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* YouCantThwartStageOne: BF's goal in the story is it to avert this in through his GroundhogDayLoop. It still doesn't keep him suffering the full brunt of MurphysLaw every time he commits a mistake or disregards a vital tactical precaution. He puts up sentries and sends the rest to bed? The sentries get shot and the camp overrun. He orders the soldiers to stay alert? The Boers snipe them silly from all sides. He has them dig in? The Boers produce ''cannon and Nordenfeldt guns'' on the hills. He has them dig in and propery fortify on a nearby hilltop? The Boers simply ride through the drift past them, taking advantage of their self-inficted immobility.
4th Jun '14 8:48:06 AM jeez
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* YouCantThwartStageOne: BF's goal in the story is it to avert this in his GroundhogDayLoop. It still doesn't keep him suffering the full brunt of MurphysLaw every time he commits a mistake or disregards a vital tactical precaution. He puts up sentries and sends the rest to bed? The sentries get shot and the camp overrun. He orders the soldiers to stay alert? The Boers snipe them from all sides. He has them dig in? The Boers bring in ''cannon and Nordenfeldt guns''. He has them dig in and fortify on a nearby hilltop? The Boers simply ride through the ford past them, taking advantage of their self-inficted immobility.

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* YouCantThwartStageOne: BF's goal in the story is it to avert this in his GroundhogDayLoop. It still doesn't keep him suffering the full brunt of MurphysLaw every time he commits a mistake or disregards a vital tactical precaution. He puts up sentries and sends the rest to bed? The sentries get shot and the camp overrun. He orders the soldiers to stay alert? The Boers snipe them from all sides. He has them dig in? The Boers bring in produce ''cannon and Nordenfeldt guns''. guns'' on the hills. He has them dig in and propery fortify on a nearby hilltop? The Boers simply ride through the ford drift past them, taking advantage of their self-inficted immobility.
4th Jun '14 8:41:45 AM jeez
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* WarIsGlorious: BF [[InvokedTrope invokes]] the trope early on, thinking of massed volley-fire and desperate bayonet clashes. The reality, of course, is very different, with long-range sniping and guerillas all around.

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* WarIsGlorious: BF [[InvokedTrope invokes]] the trope early on, thinking of massed volley-fire and desperate bayonet clashes. The reality, of course, is very different, with long-range sniping and guerillas all around.around.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: BF's goal in the story is it to avert this in his GroundhogDayLoop. It still doesn't keep him suffering the full brunt of MurphysLaw every time he commits a mistake or disregards a vital tactical precaution. He puts up sentries and sends the rest to bed? The sentries get shot and the camp overrun. He orders the soldiers to stay alert? The Boers snipe them from all sides. He has them dig in? The Boers bring in ''cannon and Nordenfeldt guns''. He has them dig in and fortify on a nearby hilltop? The Boers simply ride through the ford past them, taking advantage of their self-inficted immobility.
4th Jun '14 8:28:08 AM jeez
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* HaveAGayOldTime: A minor example, but when BF talks of 'guns', he explicitly refers to the Boers' cannon and Nordenfeldt guns, and not small arms (rifles, muskets or anything smaller).
** The term Kaffir, used to describe the black natives, is [[BerserkButton incredibly offensive]] in Africa nowadays. [[SocietyMarchesOn Back in 1904, however...]]
3rd Jun '14 1:19:08 PM jeez
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* ValuesDissonance: BF advises himself to put the "lazy" 'Khaffirs' (aka African natives) to work and dig trenches for the soldiers, probably as to not to exhaust and upset them. The white boers do not get that treatment.
3rd Jun '14 1:18:25 PM jeez
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* ValuesDissonance: BF advises himself to put the "lazy" 'Khaffirs' (aka African natives) to work and dig trenches for the soldiers, probably as to not to exhaust and upset them. The white boers do not get that treatment.
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