These Distinguished Corps

British Grenadier and Light Infantry Battalions in the American Revolution

Don N. Hagist

A study of the British use of selected soldiers formed into temporary battalions, rather than established regiments, as the central tactical element on the battlefield in the 1775-1783 war.
Publication date:
December 2021
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
From Reason to Revolution
Illustration :
20 b/w ills & maps
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ISBN : 9781914059841

Dimensions : 245 X 170 mm
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• Grenadier and Light Infantry battalions were the key tactical component of the British Army in the American Revolution; this is the first detailed study of these organisations
• This book relies on first-hand accounts and other primary sources to present battles and campaigns from the viewpoint of individual officers and soldiers

During the American Revolution, British light infantry and grenadier battalions figured prominently in almost every battle and campaign. They are routinely mentioned in campaign studies, usually with no context to explain what these battalions were. In an army that employed regiments as the primary deployable assets, the most active battlefield elements were temporary battalions created after the war began and disbanded when it ended. This work is the first operational study of these battalions during the entire war, looking at their creation, evolution and employment from the first day of hostilities through their disbandment at the end of the conflict. It examines how and why these battalions were created, how they were maintained at optimal strength over eight years of war, how they were deployed tactically and managed administratively. Most importantly, it looks at the individual officers and soldiers who served in them. Using first-hand accounts and other primary sources, These Distinguished Corps describes life in the grenadiers and light infantry on a personal level, from Canada to the Caribbean and from barracks to battlefield.