By John Ferling
Virtually a Miracle: the yank Victory within the warfare of Independence ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ, ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Oxford collage PressАвтор(ы): John FerlingЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2007Количество страниц: 694ISBN: 978-0-19-518121-0Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 8.47 mb fast Ifolder eighty five
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The rub was that the British army and the armies raised in the colonies were as different from one another as night is from day. The eighteenth-century British army resembled most European armies of the time. It was a professional force. Ofﬁcers, who were drawn largely from the aristocracy, customarily entered the army in their teenage years. Enlisted men were drawn from the lower social 18 g o i n g t o wa r , 1 7 7 5 – 1 7 7 6 orders, often choosing a soldier’s life because they lacked any other discernable means of support.
Will not tamely receive the Yoke. ”25 In the off chance that the colonists did take up arms, the cabinet, drawing on the army’s experiences with the provincials in the French and Indian War, doubted that American resistance would pose a serious threat. ”29 The colonists were neither united in 1774 nor had much history of cooperating with another, even in the face of danger. On the eve of the last war every colony had rejected the proposed Albany Plan of Union, a plan conceived by Franklin that urged the creation of an American national government to coordinate the military efforts of the thirteen colonies.
Flames . . ”32 The Coming of the War 27 Following Congress’s lead, the colonies prepared for war that fall and winter. Massachusetts, the epicenter of the imperial troubles, had launched its preparations even before the Continental Congress met. In September a convention in Worcester called for reviving and reconstituting the militia, a program that was embraced by the colony’s Provincial Congress, an extralegal legislature. ”33 Some units were training before the end of the year, and by early 1775 militiamen were also on muddy drill ﬁelds in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maryland, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence by John Ferling