By John Ferling
Nearly a Miracle: the yank Victory within the struggle of Independence ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ, ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Oxford college PressАвтор(ы): John FerlingЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2007Количество страниц: 694ISBN: 978-0-19-518121-0Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 8.47 mb swift Ifolder eighty five
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This was the only instance in all these wars when considerable numbers of colonial citizen-soldiers served alongside Britain’s professional army. It was not a happy experience for either the regulars or the provincials. 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.
Indisputably, the colonists had contributed to the triumph in vital ways. In the course of six years the colonies raised armies that, taken collectively, totaled nearly 75,000 men, roughly the number that ordinarily comprised the armies of the major European powers. In the campaign for Quebec in the summer of 1759, the decisive engagement in the American theater during this war, the troops furnished by six northern colonies far exceeded the number of British regulars. Not only had provincial soldiers bled and died, but colonists at home had supplied the armies, built ships, and paid excessive war taxes.
The English settlers who crossed the Atlantic in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries may have prayed for peace, but they emigrated with the knowledge that they were entering a world of dark menace where war was likely. Before sailing, the earliest settlers often listened to farewell sermons that warned them to prepare for war, and not infrequently they brought along artillery, specialists who could build gun carriages and search out the alloys and nitrates needed to make ammunition, and professional soldiers to ready them for hostilities.
Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence by John Ferling