Advantages/Disadvantages of Rev. War Essay

882 Words Oct 27th, 2006 4 Pages
There are advantages and disadvantages in every war that can either be minute details or change the whole course of the war. In the Revolutionary war, there were many advantages and disadvantages of either side. America and Britain both had different things working for them or against them, many of these things were very significant by the end of the war. Although both sides had various advantages and disadvantages, America's advantages outweighed those of the British. In the war, America had many things working for them, including familiarity of the land, quick access to supply lines, aid from abroad, and the motivation of fighting for a cause. The Americans were extremely familiar with most of the lands that they fought on, giving …show more content…
Another thing that gave the British some advantage was a quick sequence of victories, raising morale of the soldiers, and disheartening the American army. A little ways into the war, Britain had many disadvantages exposed to them, which ultimately lost them the war. Things such as having a bad commander, not taking the war seriously, guerilla band attacks, slow supply lines, and the French helping the Americans were all disadvantages for the British. The commander William Howe had many problems including bad judgement, alcoholism, sympathy for the Americans, and romantic attachment that all affected how he commanded and ultimately put the British armies at a disadvantage. Another problem the British found was that the soldiers did not take the war very seriously and thought that it would be won easily and they had no reason to fight their best. Regiments of guerilla soldier attacks on the British were devastating on the army, averagely taking three times the casualties of the guerillas. The slow supply lines for the British soldiers put them at a terrible disadvantage, sometimes leaving them without supplies for weeks at a time, rendering them unable to fight. One of the most crippling disadvantages for the British was the French helping the Americans. When all of the advantages and disadvantages of each side are weighed, the Americans had the most significant advantages. One thing the British had over the Americans was a very large and

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