By Donald Stoker
Advent / Eric Grove -- Colonial army method / Donald Stoker and Michael Jones -- The delivery of yank naval process / Kenneth J. Hagan -- British army method / Jeremy Black -- British naval procedure : conflict on an international scale / John Reeve -- The king's acquaintances : loyalists in British process / Ricardo A. Herrera -- Ambivalent allies : approach and the local american citizens / Karim M. Tiro -- French method and the yank revolution : a reappraisal / James Pritchard -- Spanish coverage and process / Thomas E. Chavez -- Dutch maritime approach / Victor Enthoven -- The League of Armed Neutrality, 1780-1783 / Leos Muller
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Second, the “War of Posts” was a strategy of tactics, meaning, it banked upon tactical successes to deliver operational as well as strategic dividends. Historically, it has proven very difficult to achieve one’s desired end-state by dependence upon tactical success. The Germans counted on their Storm Troop tactics to deliver victory in 1918. Tactically, and even operationally, the Germans scored great successes, penetrating the Allied defenses, but this tactical effort did not produce the desired strategic result: victory.
87 Greene astutely expected Cornwallis to fall back on Hillsborough, North Carolina, for supplies, and to recruit Loyalists. With Virginia and North Carolina militia flocking to his army, Greene now prepared to go on the long-deferred offensive. He would return to North Carolina to seek a battle and deny Cornwal- Colonial military strategy 25 lis the critical time he needed to regroup. 89 Cornwallis acted as Greene expected; Greene gave chase. 90 Given time, Cornwallis may have been successful in reconstituting his worn-out forces.
Strategically, the colonials faced an aggressive and more skilful opponent. The fate of the Patriot cause rested partly on the performance of subordinate commanders on far-flung fields. And the longer the war went on, the more the patience and support of the people would be tested – and erode. 16 D. W. Jones Operationally, Washington decided he could not force the British from New Jersey, but adopted a plan authored by Nathanael Greene to pin them in their posts by occupying various critical points.