American Revolution Podcast

Episode 132 Britain Adjusts its War Plans

January 19, 2020

Over the fall and winter of 1776-1777, General Howe proposes his strategic plans to officials in London.  Those officials deny most of Howe's requests for reinforcements, thus causing him to reduce his plans.  At the same time, officials in London meet with General Burgoyne and agree to have him lead an invasion of upstate New York from Canada, thus angering several more senior generals who wanted that command.  No one bothers to tell the North American Commander, Howe, that he must support Burgoyne's invasion, so he plans to put his army aboard ships and sail away for an attack on Philadelphia.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Logistics and the Failure of the British Army in America, 1775-1783, by Arthur Bowler.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts Report on the manuscripts of Mrs. Stopford-Sackville, of Drayton House, Northamptonshire Vol. 2: https://archive.org/details/reportonmanuscri02grea_0