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The image is indelible: densely packed lines of slow-moving Redcoats picked off by American sharpshooters. Now Matthew Spring reveals how British infantry in the American Revolutionary War really fought.

This groundbreaking book offers a new analysis of the British Army during the "American rebellion" at both operational and tactical levels. Presenting fresh insights into the speed of British tactical movements, Spring discloses how the system for training the army prior to 1775...

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With Zeal and With Bayonets Only: The British Army on Campaign in North America, 1775-1783

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Overview

The image is indelible: densely packed lines of slow-moving Redcoats picked off by American sharpshooters. Now Matthew Spring reveals how British infantry in the American Revolutionary War really fought.

This groundbreaking book offers a new analysis of the British Army during the "American rebellion" at both operational and tactical levels. Presenting fresh insights into the speed of British tactical movements, Spring discloses how the system for training the army prior to 1775 was overhauled and adapted to the peculiar conditions confronting it in North America.

Spring first scrutinizes such operational problems as logistics, manpower shortages, and poor intelligence; he then focuses on battlefield tactics to examine how troops marched to the field, deployed, advanced, and fought. By highlighting the army's ability to tailor its tactical methods to local conditions, he demonstrates both the professional competence of officers and their confidence in the men under them to perform tactics far removed from the drill manuals.

With Zeal and with Bayonets Only offers a thorough reinterpretation of how the British Army's North American campaign progressed and invites serious reassessment of most of its battles. After reading this book, no one will picture Redcoats the same way again.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806141527
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Series: Campaigns and Commanders Series
  • Pages: 381
  • Sales rank: 501,603
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Spring holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Leeds and teaches history at Truro School, an independent secondary school in Cornwall, England.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

List of Tables x

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

1 The Army's Task 3

2 Operational Constraints 24

3 Grand Tactics 50

4 March and Deployment 76

5 Motivation 103

6 The Advance 138

7 Commanding the Battalion 169

8 Firepower 191

9 The Bayonet Charge 216

10 "Bushfighting" 245

11 Hollow Victories 263

Notes 283

Bibliography 343

Index 367

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

    History-Nut Love

    This is an excelent text-book, but not so much a book I would read just for fun. Unless I was a history-nut.

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