Book Review: Special Operations in the American Revolution by Robert Tonsetic (Four Stars)

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Book Review: Special Operations in the American Revolution by Robert Tonsetic

(Four Stars)

Granting that pretty much the whole Revolutionary War was a special operation, Tonsetic explores lesser-known examples how patriots overcame the usually more numerous, better-equipped British, Hessian and loyal forces.

Tonsetic examines the evolution of patriot, and occasionally loyalist, tactics over the course of the war. Marines landing in the Bahamas, whaleboat wars in the north, using swamps as cover, forces marches and most important of all surprise were all in the patriot’s tool bag. The fighting ended with a European-style siege at Yorktown, but it was special operations that wore the British down as Washington managed to keep his army and the cause alive.

Well-researched, well-written. Good maps.