With zeal and with bayonets only : the British Army on campaign in North America, 1775-1783 /
Matthew H. Spring.
Norman, OK : University of Oklahoma Press, c2008.
xxiii, 381 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
0806139471 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780806139470 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Norman, OK : University of Oklahoma Press, c2008.
0806139471 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780806139470 (cloth : alk. paper)
general note
Rev. and expanded version of thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Leeds, 2001.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-12-01:
In 1964, Piers Mackesy published The War For America (CH, Jul'64), a brilliant account of the shaping of British strategy during the world war that grew out of the American Revolution and fundamentally altered understanding of how and why Britain's war effort in the 13 colonies failed. Spring has written what is, in effect, a companion piece analyzing the British Army's operational and tactical approach to American campaigning. Like Mackesy, Spring punctures many cherished myths, especially the image of the Redcoat, brutalized by his training, blundering about in the American landscape, vainly seeking to apply European battlefield tactics. Basing his work on thorough research in 18th-century sources, manuscript and printed, as well as a complete command of the extensive secondary literature, Spring takes readers through British equipment, training, and tactics as well as battlefield deployment and conduct, demonstrating that the British Army was in fact more innovative and flexible than has been realized. Its defeat came about primarily because it had been set an impossible task. The author's relative inattention to logistics is the only flaw in this outstanding study, which all students of the American Revolution need to read. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. A. Callahan emeritus, University of Delaware
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Tablesp. x
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
The Army's Taskp. 3
Operational Constraintsp. 24
Grand Tacticsp. 50
March and Deploymentp. 76
Motivationp. 103
The Advancep. 138
Commanding the Battalionp. 169
Firepowerp. 191
The Bayonet Chargep. 216
"Bushfighting"p. 245
Hollow Victoriesp. 263
Notesp. 283
Bibliographyp. 343
Indexp. 367
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