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British Military Force Analysis

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The sheer supremacy of the British military force was more than capable of expeditiously suppressing an amateur rebellion and successfully restoring the insurgent colonies to their innate allegiance. Until Washington finally adopted a defensive strategy at the fortress of Harlem Heights, the British undoubtedly had a significant military leverage over the Americans; therefore, if Lord Germain’s [Germain] strategy were properly employed, the British should have won. Germain informed General William Howe [Howe], and subsequently General Henry Clinton [Clinton], of his plan in which “a decisive blow had to be delivered” before any reconciliation so that the “overwhelming force” would shock “the rebels into recognizing the futility of their cause.”…show more content…
The only reason the Continental Army was spared was because of Howe’s secret “hopes of negotiating a peaceful end to the rebellion.” He was also so sure of the fact that “British victory was inevitable, which in turn meant that a more limited strategy was wholly adequate.” By delaying the process of suppression, the Continental Army gradually gained experience and courage. Washington also learned from his mistakes in the Battle of New York and ignored his “aggressive military instincts;” he eventually put aside his “honor-driven character” to adopt a new attitude towards his definition of a victory. “Though it ran counter to all his instincts, he now realized that his goal was not to win the war but rather not to lose it,” and thus he embraced a defensive strategy in the fortress of Harlem Heights. However, before this pivotal moment in history, Howe could have and probably should have listened to Clinton in targeting the Continental Army at King’s Bridge.” However, “Howe wanted his American campaign to be a more measured affair,” meaning he could have put an early end to the Continental Army, but chose not to in order to remain civilized and reduce
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