Britannia's Fist: From Civil War to World War: An Alternate History

By Peter G. Tsouras

As soon as too usually within the struggle among the States, nice Britain’s aid for the Confederacy takes it to the edge of warfare with the Union. The break out of a British-built accomplice ironclad ultimately ignites the heap of flamable animosities and nationwide pursuits. while the U.S. army seizes it in British waters, the resultant conflict spirals into all-out battle. Napoleon III eagerly joins the British and publicizes warfare at the usa. in the meantime, treason uncoils within the North because the anti-war Democrats, often called Copperheads, plot to overthrow the U.S. executive and take the Midwest into the Confederacy.

Britannia’s fist moves quick and difficult. in addition to the Canadians, the British invade big apple and Maine, and the Royal army moves on the South Atlantic blocking Squadron. The conflict at Charleston is history’s first nice naval conflict among ironclads. in the meantime, a French military marches into Texas from Mexico, and the French army assaults the Gulf coast. within the Midwest, the Copperheads upward thrust in insurrection to disencumber accomplice POWs and arm them with stockpiled guns. by no means has the Republic been in such peril.

Britannia’s Fist brilliantly describes not only a battle of stroke and counterstroke yet one within which new technologies—repeating guns, commentary balloons, advances in naval ordnance and armament—become very important components within the fight of the younger state opposed to the previous World’s empires. For one of many nice overlooked tales of the Civil battle used to be no longer the development of army know-how yet its obstacle via incompetence, disorganization, and in a few severe circumstances outright refusal to consider something leading edge. this is often additionally a warfare within which the Union unearths a “combat multiplier” while it organizes history’s first national-level intelligence attempt. Britannia’s Fist is the compelling tale of strong ancient personalities who come jointly because the Union is going into overall struggle mobilization within the struggle for its lifestyles.

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The Maine males took time to recognize their excessive kind earlier than twelve weapons poured tin cans jam-packed with lead balls into them. the 2 regiments fired subsequent. The 62nd Foot staggered from the blow. Windham’s aide flew from the saddle, and he himself felt a hammer strike him within the chest and throw him from his horse. He used to be useless while he struck the floor. The Splashers, with the fantastic resilience of a British battalion, pulled themselves jointly and despatched a volley into the Maine males, shedding dozens. Chamberlain rode over to his previous twentieth Maine and located significant Ellis Spear, its new commander. “Ellis, provide them the bayonet. the lads have gotten that one down, i believe. ” He winked at Ellis, who grinned after which shouted the command, “Fix bayonets! ” there has been a rustle of clicks because the narrow, blued blades have been locked into position. “Follow me, boys! ” The nineteenth Maine joined the cost. because the Maine males howled their cost, the 62nd obtained off one other well-aimed volley. Then they confirmed why British infantry had maintained any such acceptance over the centuries. They charged. The pink and blue strains collided in that groovy rarity in army heritage. Bayonet fees infrequently led to melees. both the attacker flinched on the sight of an unbroken enemy, or the defenders panicked and took to their heels. yet now it used to be bayonet and rifle butt and pistol in a stabbing, clubbing mob. British bayonet conflict drill was once lethal because the males operated in wedges of threes. the easiest bayonet guy was once on the apex within the middle whereas his partners supported him from the edges. The Maine males knew a specific thing or in regards to the bayonet in addition, yet this time they weren't crossing blades with the exhausted and thirsty fifteenth Alabama. 25 The commander of the cavalry reveal observed his major probability whilst Chamberlain’s males charged. He ordered his 300 males to mount and cost the 2 last Canadian battalions on his entrance. They unraveled within the face of the oncoming mass of cavalry and fled to the rear. the first Maine Cavalry harried the terrified militiamen till the roadblock of the seventeenth Maine stopped the survivors. They surrendered. by way of then, the Splashers and Maine males had pulled clear of one another, dragging their wounded after them, and glared in silence as sweat-soaked chests heaved. The impossible to resist strength had met the unmovable item. Chamberlain used to be transparent sighted adequate to achieve that it was once time to head. If the enemy’s reinforcements he may see coming near near have been as difficult because the shrunken redcoat band in entrance of him, his strength may bleed to loss of life in this box. below the hearth of his batteries, he ordered a cautious retreat again to the Portland armed forces line. not less than he may perhaps positioned the creek among him and the enemy. Chamberlain used to be the final guy off the sector. He paused lengthy sufficient to throw a salute together with his saber to the shrunken ranks of the Splashers ahead of galloping off. 26 He used to be shocked to work out how a lot they'd entire within the few hours he had received. worry and the necessity to do anything actual had carved a serviceable trench over half of one mile.

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