The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa: With E. D. Swinton's The Defence Of Duffer's Drift by Michael L. BurgoyneThe Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa: With E. D. Swinton's The Defence Of Duffer's Drift by Michael L. Burgoyne

The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa: With E. D. Swinton's The Defence Of Duffer's Drift

byMichael L. Burgoyne

Paperback | March 15, 2009

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Following the invasion of Iraq in 2003 the U.S. military found itself in a battle with a lethal and adaptive insurgency, where the divisions between enemy and ally were ambiguous at best, and working with the local population was essential for day-to-day survival. From the lessons they learned during multiple tours of duty in Iraq, two American veterans have penned The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa, an instructional parable of counterinsurgency that addresses the myriad of difficulties associated with war in the postmodern era.

In this tactical primer based on the military classic The Defence of Duffer’s Drift, a young officer deployed for the first time in Iraq receives ground-level lessons about urban combat, communications technology, and high-powered weaponry in an environment where policy meets reality. Over the course of six dreams, the inexperienced soldier fights the same battle again and again, learning each time—the hard way—which false assumptions and misconceptions he needs to discard in order to help his men avoid being killed or captured. As the protagonist struggles with his missions and grapples with the consequences of his mistakes, he develops a keen understanding of counterinsurgency fundamentals and the potential pitfalls of working with the native population.

Accompanied here by the original novella that inspired it, The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa offers an invaluable resource for cadets and junior military leaders seeking to master counterinsurgency warfare—as well as general readers seeking a deeper understanding of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just as its predecessor has been a hallmark of military instruction, The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa will draw the road map for counterinsurgency in the postmodern world.

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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 F...
Title:The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa: With E. D. Swinton's The Defence Of Duffer's DriftFormat:PaperbackDimensions:178 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:March 15, 2009Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226080935

ISBN - 13:9780226080932

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Table of Contents

Foreword by John A. Nagl

The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa



List of Acronyms and Terms


The First Dream

The Second Dream

The Third Dream

The Fourth Dream

The Fifth Dream

The Sixth Dream

The Defence of Duffer’s Drift

Background Information




First Dream

Second Dream

Third Dream

Fourth Dream

Fifth Dream

Sixth Dream

Appendix: Web Site Information


Editorial Reviews

"The Defense of Jisr Al-Doreaa lives up to the classic it is patterned after.  Like Defense of Duffer's Drift, Burgoyne and Marckwardt's new book provides a ready made series of vignettes and discussion points for the small unit leader.   Maneuver warfare is based on the mental link between the commander and his team.  That link is built in peacetime training, exercises and Tactical Discussion Games.  Both books provide material for commander's to teach their people how  to think through a problem - and in doing so teach the commander how his people think.  Professionals need to own both volumes."