None of the world's powers had come to the aid of the patriot cause — yet. The Franco-American alliance brought the French into the war. It was the same era, these same tactics were effectively used in the Napoleonic Wars and even the War of so why would the American Revolutionary War be any different.
By his soldiers were possessed of greater combat experience and enough military discipline to fight European-style pitched battles; with French troops also on their way to America, Washington felt more comfortable in launching aggressive assaults.
Popular support for the Revolutionary War was overwhelming. It was also easier for the colonists to win, as they had to outlast the British army, whereas the British had to destroy the American army and American resistance. The British were also never able to understand the American concept of using guerrillas and regular army soldiers, especially in the Southern theater which ultimately decided the war in favor of the Americans.
Early Battles John Trumbull The Battle of Bunker Hill was not a military victory for the colonial forces, but it served as an important morale booster. Britain had to defend all of its colonial holdings and this led to less troops being sent to the Americas.
Moreover, the colonial troops were mostly inexperiencedunskilled, poor, unprepared, and undisciplined youth. American history courses teach us much about why the Americans wanted their independence from Great Britain, and we know the important dates and facts about their ultimate victory.
What started out as a small collection of British colonies did not become the United States of America until a ragtag band of revolutionaries fought for their independence. To read more on this then take a peek at my article on Revolutionary War Logistics. The American victory Saratoga would prove to be a turning point of the American Revolution, as it prompted France which had been secretly aiding the rebels since to enter the war openly on the American side, though it would not formally declare war on Great Britain until June The Continental Congress voted to meet again in May to consider further action, but by that time violence had already broken out.
In Junethe colonists failed to prevail at Bunker Hill, but inflicted heavy casualties on a vastly superior military force. British forces remained stationed around Charleston, and the powerful main army still resided in New York.
But exactly how did they ever succeed in their mission with the odds stacked against them in every way. Capturing the enemy's capital, Philadelphia, did not bring them much advantage. Logistics is always overlooked, but the most important aspect of warfare especially in the 18th century.
It had conquered much of the world and prevailed in war after war over the past century. They avoided large-scale confrontations and instead struck quickly in guerrilla -style attacks that they had learned and developed during recent wars with Native Americans.
How could they defeat an army that would not fight on their terms. If you add in the 30, Hessian German mercenaries hired to fight the colonists, the British forces outnumbered the colonial forces four to one, as George Washington never commanded a force of more than 20, troops at one time. And no matter how much damage the British did to American cities or private property, the Americans refused to surrender.
Fearing that continuation of this war might cause more damage than just loss of their colonies in 13 warring states of USA, British initiated peace talks inwhich finally led to signing of the Treaty of Paris on September 3, The British evacuated the city in Marchwith Howe and his men retreating to Canada to prepare a major invasion of New York.
Washington, having lost Philadelphia, led his troops to Valley Forge to spend the winter. None of these things would have likely brought victoryhowever.
This painting by John Trumbull is 12 feet by 18 feet and hangs in the rotunda of the U. In fact, there was no Continental Navy to speak of at this time. It is agreed that British were a formidable adversaries, very difficult to defeat. If you add in the 30, Hessian German mercenaries hired to fight the colonists, the British forces outnumbered the colonial forces four to one, as George Washington never commanded a force of more than 20, troops at one time.
The statement that "the revolutionary war was lost by the British rather than won by the Americans" unjustifiable belittles the efforts, sacrifices and the determination of the American people in.
But the freedoms Americans cherish were not free. They came with the high cost of war.
What started out as a small collection of British colonies did not become the United States of America until a ragtag band of revolutionaries fought for their independence. Five Main Reasons The British Lost The Revolutionary War.
The British Army was the most powerful army in the world and had successfully defended its territory against all the major European powers.
However, they had never fought a war such as this. The way I see it the Americans won the Revolution and the British lost a colonial war for independence. At the beginning of the war, there was not a regular American army like we have today, just a militia made up of civilians, most of which were farmers.
So naturally, they were not. The British people and Parliament also lost interest as the war dragged on, while the British army angered many colonists.
The Americans The colonies' chances of winning the Revolution improved greatly after the Battle of Saratoga when France joined the war.
Soon after France, Spain and the Netherlands joined the war on the American side. So how did these men beat the powerful British Army? Colonial unification The Bostonians in Distress Many problems arose in the start of the war because of colonial differences.
Before the Revolution War colonies were not on the same page when it came to Britain. Many colonists were Loyalist to Britain and did not want to start a War against Britain.Did americans win revolution did british lose colonial ind