Special Operations in the American Revolution

Special Operations in the American Revolution

by Robert L Tonsetic

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Overview

In this book, renowned author, and former U.S. Army Colonel, Robert Tonsetic describes and analyzes numerous examples of special operations conducted during the Revolution.

"What is unique about this book is the perspective. To a modern-day reader, special ops conjure images of highly trained and exotically equipped soldiers leaping out of helicopters and Zodiac boats to wipe out terrorists... In an era when warfare was supposed to be gentlemanly and follow certain rules, did Washington and his contemporaries embrace special operations? The answer would seem to be, ‘Yes.' Even if they didn't use the term 'special ops,' they were willing to employ elite reconnaissance units, spies and partisan bands. Washington didn't have SEAL Team 6. But he made good use of what he had.” —The National Interest

When the American Revolution began, the colonial troops had little hope of matching His Majesty's highly trained, experienced British and German legions in confrontational battle. In this book, renowned author, and former U.S. Army Colonel, Robert Tonsetic describes and analyzes numerous examples of special operations conducted during the Revolution.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612008936
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Publication date: 08/31/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 283,071
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Robert Tonsetic was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in English Literature in 1964. Upon graduation, he entered the US Army as an infantry second lieutenant. After completing Special Forces training in 1966, he served a tour in Thailand with the 46th Special Forces Company. He was subsequently assigned to the 199th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam, serving as a rifle company commander during the Tet and May Offensives of 1968. In 1970, he returned to Vietnam as a senior advisor to South Vietnamese Ranger and Airborne battalions. His decorations for his wartime service include the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, and the Bronze Star for Valor. He retired from the Army at the rank of Colonel in 1991, after completing a three year assignment as a faculty member at the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy. Upon his return to the US, Robert earned a Doctorate in Education, and was employed at the University of Central Florida as a staff member and adjunct professor. He died in April 2016 in Easton, MD.

Table of Contents

Prologue 7

1 The Capture of Fort Ticonderoga 21

2 The New Providence Raid 45

3 Knowlton's Rangers 67

4 Whitcomb's Rangers 97

5 John Paul Jones' Raids on Britain's Coast 111

6 Partisan Warfare in the Northern Theater 136

7 The Rise of Partisan Warfare in the Southern Theater 150

8 The Whaleboat Wars 194

9 George Rogers Clark's March to Vincennes 223

Epilogue 247

Endnotes 250

Bibliography 259

Index 264

Maps

Northern Theater 20

The Continental Navy's Assault on New Providence, "Battle of Nassau" 44

The Batdes of Long Island and Harlem Heights 66

The Voyage of the Ranger 124

Operations in the South, 1780 153

Kings Mountain-Routes of Patriots and Loyalists 176

The Battle of Kings Mountain, October 7, 1780 189

Whaleboat Operations, 1777-81 195

George Rogers Clark's March to Vincennes, February, 1779 222

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