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Rebels and Redcoats: How Britain Lost America; American Crisis

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Rebels and Redcoats: How Britain Lost America
American Crisis
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Broadcast in June 2004. With vivid dramatizations of battles, eyewitness accounts, original documents and paintings, REBELS AND REDCOATS tells the untold story of the American Revolution. Renowned British military historian Richard Holmes presents the four-part series, focusing on the military struggle — the soldiers, leaders, tactics and strategy of this grand conflict. Told from an unusual point of view — that of the British losers — the series at the same time explores painful conflicts within the American populace, taking viewers inside the vicious battles of brothers, friends and families forced to choose sides between loyalist and rebels. Series release date: 6/2004

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102 "American Crisis" - In the summer of 1776, British forces land in New York. They outmaneuver Washington in Brookline and force him out of the city. During a tough winter, he is forced to retreat and his army begins to disintegrate. Then on Christmas night, Washington leads a daring raid across the frozen Delaware River, giving him victory at Trenton and saving the revolution. Yet the British still appear superior in this war, capturing the great Fort Ticonderoga. In reality the Redcoats are overstretched on this vast continent, and in 1777 they surrender at Saratoga. The American rebels find a new ally in France, which joins them in their struggle against King George III.

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