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With Zeal and with Bayonets Only

Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:12 am
by Mark P.
With Zeal and with Bayonets Only
The British Army on Campaign in North America, 1775-1783

by Matthew H.Spring
ISBN 978-0-8061-3947-0

An excellent study of the training, organisation and tactical employment of British infantry in the AWI and an insight into the mechanics of combat.

I've always had a bit of a blind spot with AWI finding it difficult to get into but this book was fascinating. It presents a very different picture of the redcoat and it would be interesting to see how this percolates through into AWI re-enactment.

For mid C18th re-enactment we portray fast moving Jacobites who rely on cold steel against a slower redcoat force dependant on fire power. Only 30 years later we have a complete reversal with redcoats relying on a loose order, fast moving bayonet charge against American rebels.

You wont get much of a campaign history or a detailed analysis of the politics and based on performance it may seem as if the redcoats where unbeatable but I think it is still a balanced book and it does try to explain why the conflict was probably unwinable.

In summary, If you charge them, they will run ... 673&sr=8-1