Angry Staff Officer Warfighter: Bunker Hill When trying to understand Army doctrine, we tend to get too tied up in the gritty little details of doctrine itself. Staffs spend more time formatting the briefing products — whether on PowerPoint or Command Post of the Future CPOF — and tailoring to meet the expectations of the boss than they do on the actual analysis of the mission.
The wisdom of securing those heights was considered, but not acted upon. Word of the bloody encounters in Massachusetts was received with astonishment in England.
His plea made little headway with Prime Minister Lord North, who dispatched additional soldiers to the rebellious colonies. Further, North hoped that a more aggressive British response would result from new military leadership and sent three generals, William HoweHenry Clinton and John Burgoyne.
These forces arrived in Boston in May The Americans worked through the night constructing extensive earthworks for their protection at the crest of the hill. On the morning of the 17th, the British command in Boston was shocked to see a colonial army putting the finishing touches on their fortification.
The Americans continued their labors until midday despite bombardment by British ships below.
Clearly the best strategy for the British at this point would have been to seal off the Charlestown Peninsula by taking control of the Neck. That move, accompanied by a naval blockade, would have starved out the American force in short order.
The British commanders, however, felt a strong need for aggressive action. At about 3 p. After a short march to the foot of the American position, the redcoats launched two uphill assaults against the entrenched colonists. Both assaults were repulsed and resulted in very heavy losses for the British.
Action ceased for an hour while Howe counseled with his subordinates and awaited the arrival of additional soldiers. A third charge found the Americans running low on powder and unable to resist the fixed bayonets of the British. Prescott grasped the hopelessness of the situation and gave the order to retreat.
Many were shot in the back during this retreat, including Dr.
Joseph Warrenwho was among the last to leave his position and was killed instantly by a musket ball in the back of his head. The fighting on the Charlestown Peninsula resulted in 1, British casualties, their heaviest toll of the war; the Americans suffered casualties, most of them during the retreat.
Despite these losses, there was little military consequence to the battle. Nothing had really changed. The American army still encircled the British position in Boston, the only difference being that the colonists were a bit farther away.
George Washington had been named commander-in-chief of the Continental Army on June 15 and was en route to Massachusetts when the fighting occurred. He assumed command on July 3 and then devoted months to the organization and training of the soldiers.
In early March of the following year, Washington occupied the area known as Dorchester Heights south of Boston.
The cannon taken from Fort Ticonderoga were installed here and commanded much of the Boston waterfront.
Howe realized that his position in the city was again untenable; he was occupying a city that was impossible to defend and was located in the heart of enemy territory.
On March 17, the British army and 1, Loyalists evacuated Boston by sea and headed for more welcoming surroundings in Halifax, Nova Scotia.Sep 28, · The United States (USA) vs The World - Who Would Win?
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