By Peter G. Tsouras
As soon as too usually within the warfare among the States, nice Britain’s aid for the Confederacy takes it to the threshold of conflict with the Union. The break out of a British-built accomplice ironclad eventually ignites the heap of flamable animosities and nationwide pursuits. whilst the U.S. military seizes it in British waters, the consequent conflict spirals into all-out struggle. Napoleon III eagerly joins the British and proclaims battle at the usa. in the meantime, treason uncoils within the North because the anti-war Democrats, referred to as Copperheads, plot to overthrow the U.S. executive and take the Midwest into the Confederacy.
Britannia’s fist moves speedy and difficult. besides 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 rebel 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 struggle of stroke and counterstroke yet one during which new technologies—repeating guns, remark balloons, advances in naval ordnance and armament—become important elements within the fight of the younger nation opposed to the previous World’s empires. For one of many nice ignored tales of the Civil battle used to be no longer the improvement of army know-how yet its obstacle via incompetence, disorganization, and in a few critical circumstances outright refusal to think about something cutting edge. this can be additionally a warfare during which the Union reveals a “combat multiplier” while it organizes history’s first national-level intelligence attempt. Britannia’s Fist is the compelling tale of robust historic personalities who come jointly because the Union is going into overall battle mobilization within the struggle for its existence.
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