The American War of Independence was a milestone in American history. When the governor of Massachusetts sent British soldiers to seize arms and ammunition collected by the colonists the local militia resisted. This was to be the start of an eight-year war which was fought, not just by the British and the Americans, but by the Germans, Spanish and French as well. This book details the appearance, careers and personalities of commanders on both sides. It covers such figures as George Washington and Lord Cornwallis along with some equally interesting, but lesser known, figures such as Admiral Solano and Thaddeus Kosciuszko.
Rene Chartrand was born in Montreal and educated in Canada, the United States and the Bahamas. A senior curator with Canada's National Historic Sites for nearly three decades, he is now a freelance writer and historical consultant. He has written numerous articles and books including almost 20 Osprey titles and the first two volumes of Canadian Military Heritage. He lives in Hull, Quebec, with his wife and two sons. Richard Hook was born in 1938 and trained at Reigate College of Art. After national service with 1st Bn, Queen's Royal Regiment, he became art editor of the much-praised magazine Finding Out during the 1960s. He has worked as a freelance illustrator ever since, earning an international reputation particularly for his deep knowledge of Native American material culture; and has illustrated more than 30 Osprey titles. Richard is married and lives in Sussex.
Introduction - Chronology - George Washington - Benedict Arnold - Horatio Gates - Benjamin Lincoln - Von Steuben - Lafayette - Nathaniel Greene - John Sullivan - Charles Lee - Henry Knox - George Rodgers Clark - Sir William Howe - Sir Guy Carleton - Sir John Burgoyne - Sir Henry Clinton - Lord Cornwallis - Banastre Tarleton - Admiral Rodney - General Elliott, Lord Heathfield - Comte de Rochambeau - Duke de Lauzun - Marquis de Bouille - Admiral Suffren - Bernardo de Galvez