- Paperback: 178 pages
- Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (March 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226080935
- ISBN-13: 978-0226080932
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa: With E. D. Swinton's "The Defence of Duffer's Drift"
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Michael L. Burgoyne is a captain in the United States Army who was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2005. Currently, he is a student at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. Albert J. Marckwardt, also a captain in the United States Army, served in Iraq in 2005 and 2007. He now serves as aide de camp to the commanding general at Fort Stewart, GA. Lieutenant Colonel John A. Nagl is currently the President of the Center for a New American Security. He is the author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
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THE DEFENSE OF JISR AL-DOREAA is a similar tale with applications on the U.S. Army's experience in Iraq. The book also mentions the second story (again, that I'm aware of) inspired by the original, THE DEFENSE OF HILL 781 by James R. McDonough, disparaging it as being no longer useful to today's Army. A mistake, I feel. The lessons of DUFFER's DRIFT can be applied to the large mechanized force scenario outlined in HILL 781 as easily as they can be applied to AL-DOREAA. McDonough's PLATOON LEADER is cited as a better work; but I'd argue that the lessons that McDonough learned that lead to the writing of Platoon Leader are seen as well in Hill 781.
This is an excellent pairing of the old and the new. I'd recommend this, along with the two by McDonough and a third (RIFLEMAN DODD, C.S. Forester) by any officer candidate or NCO school-bound NCO as well as for any NCO or officer deploying overseas.
If you are serious about becoming a military officer, especially one geared towards an infantry role, give this book a read, or several reads!
As an Army Officer I would recommend this book to any young LT/NCO about to deploy to Afghanistan or similar theatre.