Special Operations in the American Revolution

Special Operations in the American Revolution

Robert Tonsetic / Sep 23, 2019

Special Operations in the American Revolution When the American Revolution began the colonial troops had little hope of matching His Majestys highly trained experienced British and German legions in confrontational battle Indeed Washingtons ar

  • Title: Special Operations in the American Revolution
  • Author: Robert Tonsetic
  • ISBN: 9781612001654
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When the American Revolution began, the colonial troops had little hope of matching His Majestys highly trained, experienced British and German legions in confrontational battle Indeed, Washingtons army suffered defeat after defeat in the first few years of the war, fighting bravely but mainly trading space for time However, the Americans did have a trump, in a reservoirWhen the American Revolution began, the colonial troops had little hope of matching His Majestys highly trained, experienced British and German legions in confrontational battle Indeed, Washingtons army suffered defeat after defeat in the first few years of the war, fighting bravely but mainly trading space for time However, the Americans did have a trump, in a reservoir of tough, self reliant frontier fighters, who were brave beyond compare, and entirely willing to contest the Kings men with unconventional tactics.In this book, renowned author, and former U.S Army Colonel, Robert Tonsetic describes and analyzes numerous examples of special operations conducted during the Revolutionary War While the British might seize the coastlines, the interior still belonged to the Americans should the Empire venture inward Most of the operations were conducted by American irregulars and volunteers, carefully selected, with specialized skills, and led by leaders with native intelligence While General Washington endeavored to confront the Empire on conventional terms for pure pride s sake at the founding of the Republic he meantime relied on his small units to keep the enemy off balance The fledgling Continental Navy and Marines soon adopted a similar strategy Realizing that the small American fleet was no match for the powerful British navy in major sea battles, the new Navy and its Marines focused on disrupting British commercial shipping in the Atlantic and Caribbean, and launching raids against British on shore installations first in the Bahamas and then on the British coastline itself.As the war continued, Washington increasingly relied on special operations forces in the northeast as well as in the Carolinas, and ad hoc frontiersmen to defy British sovereignty inland When the British and their Indian allies began to wage war on American settlements west of the Appalachians, Washington had to again rely on partisan and militias to conduct long range strikes and raids targeting enemy forts and outposts Throughout the war, what we today call SpecOps were an integral part of American strategy, and many of the lessons learned and tactics used at the time are still studied by modern day Special Operations forces As this book establishes, the improvisation inherent in the American spirit proved itself well during the Revolution, continuing to stand as an example for our future martial endeavors.

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      • Robert Tonsetic

        Robert Tonsetic, PhD, was born in Pennsylvania After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, he entered the Army as an infantry lieutenant During the Vietnam War, he served as a light infantry company commander and as an advisor to Vietnamese Ranger and Airborne units He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and Silver Star for extraordinary heroism during the 1968 Tet and May offensives He retired from the army at the rank of colonel After completing his doctorate in 1996, he taught at the graduate level at the University of Central Florida He died in April 2016 in his home in Easton, Maryland.


    739 Comments

    1. Read my full review: bit/11Ll36LLoved this concisely written interesting book. Now, I will admit that a chunk of readers will know the stories in this book, but most will not know specific incidents/points of the stories. Although I read a number of books on this time in history, I did learn a lot from this book.


    2. The book reads as a series of independent military events, with no real attempt to tie them into the doctrine of special operations warfare, or place them in the wider context of the War itself. When the author's analysis does happen it's mostly at the end of the chapter and perfunctory - the longest attempt being the Epilogue. In short, while it was interesting to learn more about the various examples chosen, the text essentially reads as 'this happened, and this happened, and then this' - the [...]


    3. "Special Operations in The American Revolution" by Robert Tonsetic tells nine stories of battles or campaigns during the American Revolutionary War. In each case, the American colonist used unconventional warfare.Experience the battles/campaigns of the American Revolutionary War. Learn the background of the principal leaders. See American know-how demonstrated by the army, navy and marines in their operations. My favorite chapters were one and eight. "The Capture of Fort Ticonderoga" is the titl [...]


    4. This is a wonderfully readable and informative review of Revolutionary War raids, skirmishes and small unit actions from the perspective of what we now call "special operations." Many of the military actions vividly described in this book are unknown to the general public and make exciting reading. The author shows that the small scale actions of the war, no less than the famous battles, were instrumental in the final American victory. Using the modern perspective on special operations helps uni [...]


    5. It is easy enough to find a military history of the American Revolution. It is, however, remarkably difficult to find one that tells, in detail, how a battle or skirmish or ambush was actually fought. In “Special Operations in the American Revolution” by Robert Tonsetic, this former U.S. Army Colonel revealed the mechanics of an operation from the viewpoint of the soldier, rather than from the academic who never got close than the general’s report. A refreshing change.


    6. The birth of special ops.An interesting and enlightening look at the origins and accomplishments of early special ops forces during the revolutionary war in North America.


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