22 January 2009

Little-known fact about American Revolution

Obama invoked the spirit of George Washington on Tuesday, so it seems appropriate to include a FF/UBI about the Revolutionary War. This is from a Guardian review of the paperback edition of Mark Urban's Fusiliers: How the British Army Lost America But Learned to Fight.

Most striking, though is how very small-scale it all was, despite bringing about one of the great seismic shifts of global history. In fact, more men deserted due to romances with American women than were actually killed in action.

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