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The British side of the American Revolution

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General William Howe was the commander-in-chief of the British forces during the early campaigns of the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783).

His story, played out on the battlefields of North America and concluding in a courtroom at the House of Commons, is a fascinating insight into the war that shook the foundations of the British Empire.

A respected soldier with a distinguished career, Howe evoked passionate reactions in the people he worked with – his men loved him, his second- in-command detested him, his enemies feared him, his political masters despaired of him. There was even a plot to murder him, in which British officers as well as Americans were implicated.

After resigning his post as Commander in Chief in 1778, Howe was forced to defend his decisions in North America at a divisive inquiry that sparked savage debate between the bitter factions of the British Parliament.

Drawing on previously-undiscovered primary sources and groundbreaking research, Whispers Across the Atlantick tells the thrilling story of the renowned general and his role in the American Revolutionary War. The book, by David Smith, and available from Osprey Publishing for £25, goes on sale on 27 July. More details at ospreypublishing.com.

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