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Yorktown 1781

Yorktown 1781
Autor: Brendan Morrissey
Data publikacji: 1999-10-01
ISBN: 9781855329560
Wydawca: OSPREY
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 248 x 184mm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 96
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By 1781 Britain’s struggle to contain the rebels in her American colonies had reached an inglorious stalemate. Six years on from the British defeat by the New England militia at Boston, George Washington’s rebuilt Continental Army - with support from the French - now systematically began to seek out and destroy British forces even if protected by seemingly impregnable defences. Yorktown would be a salutary lesson to the British Crown about the odds she now faced in holding on to her colonies. The siege of Yorktown began in late September 1781 and ended in mid-October when Lt. Gen. Charles, Earl Cornwallis surrendered. Although the British officers captured were allowed to sail home, the rank and file marched off into captivity. The Franco-American victory at Yorktown extinguished the British campaign to reconquer the south and ended their chances of winning the war. Brendan Morrisey recounts and explains the campaign in Virginia, the naval operations between March and October 1781 and the siege of Yorktown. The military and political background to these events and their effects on the course of the war are all examined. The siege of Yorktown was a crucial action in the American War of Independence and was important in demoralising the British enough to finally prompt them to make peace. Brendan Morrissey’s account does it full justice.

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