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Thread #97022   Message #1905880
Posted By: Little Hawk
10-Dec-06 - 08:46 PM
Thread Name: BS: The NEW Red Coats
Subject: RE: BS: The NEW Red Coats
That was a pretty complex initial post, Slag...some interesting points you raise. I've only time for a couple of thoughts on it right now.

I think the British lost in the American revolution for many reasons...

1. Their king was deeply incompetent
2. Their committments in Europe and elsewhere in the Empire were spreading them a bit too thin
3. The assistance of the French navy at Yorktown was vital to achieving the final American victory
4. Their officers were overconfident in many cases
5. They did not properly address the political grievances of the colonials and the tax issues...which they could have
6. Washington was a very gifted commander
7. The colonials were using, in many case, more accurate firearms (long rifles as opposed to short range, smooth-bore muskets), and they were making better use of cover in the wilderness fighting...as you indicated...but more of the decisive battles were fought in fact with large formations of men, fighting very much in the European style.
8. The colonials outlasted the British, and the British lost heart for the whole thing. Kind of like the French or the Americans in Vietnam. Matter of fact, Dienbienphu was very much like the Battle of Yorktown in that sense...the final straw that broke the colonial power's will to continue the fight.

Other than that, I'd just like to comment on your statement:

"I turned to my dearest the day Dubbya landed on the aircraft carrier and said "Well, we won the war we couldn't lose. Now we are going to lose the war we cannot win."

Right on the mark, Slag.