7 Nov 2016

Revolutionary War In4: Combat

Revolutionary War In4: Combat

What made an 18th-century soldier shine? For many, good training and practical knowledge was key, but even that could not adequately prepare men for the experience of war, and it could take up to a year for a soldier to reach his full-potential.

In our newest Revolutionary War In4, historian David Lawrence describes the combat styles of the Continental and British Armies during the American Revolution, describing how tactics, weapons and equipment were used on both sides. Many of the stereotypes of British and Colonial fighting styles taught in school are far too simplistic; in actuality, the two sides trained and fought in very similar ways. From the way they learned to fire weapons, to their skirmish and ambush styles, these two armies used what resources were available in their attempts to succeed in battle and fight for their vision of America.


American Battlefield Trust

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