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Hherrre in Rrrussia we like storries about siberrian conquest and especially in North Pacific. Give ourrr Alaska back!

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Hherrre in Rrrussia we like storries about siberrian conquest and especially in North Pacific. Give ourrr Alaska back!

C'mon, c'mon Rambow! We make LOTS of good quality vodka here in the US. Perhaps we can reach an amicable decision that is agreeable to both fine countries.
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Thanks for your invitation

Remembered the Old Russian joke about a man from Chukotka (part of Russia closest to America) who called the Americans "paupers". For question "why?" he aswered "Cause they grudged some money to buy Chukotka too." (No offense please)

OK, enough flooding I just tried to say that competition for the Far East and Alaska is most interesting for me now (not always).

IMO the Colonial Era history has most fascinating moments when whole civilizations were ruined (or established) in the short run.

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Remembered the Old Russian joke about a man from Chukotka (part of Russia closest to America) who called the Americans "paupers". For question "why?" he aswered "Cause they grudged some money to buy Chukotka too." (No offense please)

OK, enough flooding I just tried to say that competition for the Far East and Alaska is most interesting for me now (not always).

IMO the Colonial Era history has most fascinating moments when whole civilizations were ruined (or established) in the short run.
Excuse me Rambow. Are you buying the first round of drinks, or am I?
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On Campaign with my ancestor Captain Aaron Bledsoe during the French and Indian war, family records say he accounted himself and his company quite well during the fighting...he later served in the Revolution.
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Washington's Crossing

I would have to say my favorite moment during the Colonial Era would be Washington's super daring and highly venerated crossing of the Delaware River from Pennsylvannia to New Jersey on X-mas night in 1776! That's when the American rebel army, 2400 strong, crossed the icy, treacherous Delaware River during the middle of this fierce and brutal Nor'easter while under the cover of nightfall (where the wind chill factor, producing these terrible, penetrating gusts, must have caused the temps to hover around zero!), trudged for 9 miles in this heavy snow behind enemy held territory (without being detected!) and successfully attacked Colonel Rall's tough regiment of 1500, though unprepared, Hessian troops at this Trenton outpost, badly defeating them in the process. That spectacular episode, aka American victory, has been hailed as thee most pivotal moment during that War, actually the premier turning point, because for once it gave the Americans this slight edge over their extremely formidable adversaries who had previously routed them in open battle (they were no longer the poster boys for British ridicule and scorn!)! Also, not only did it give rise to this newfound sense of American morale (which was greatly lacking before that Battle!) it also provided the rebels with greater confidence in themselves as soldiers, as they began to believe in themselves as true fighting men that could finally defeat, in battle, one of the best trained and deadliest regiments in the World, the Hessians! So their morale, spirits, confidence and fighting impetus was basically rescued and firmly re-established because of Washington's tactical brilliance and brass balls in ordering that surprise attack during the middle of this ferocious winter storm. For the most part the Hessians never knew what hit them until it was basically too late, though despite all of that the Americans fought like they had never fought before and thus acquitted themselves rather well by performing with great bravery, tactical skill and tenacity as they strove to roust the Krauts from bed and rout them. The unprecedented victory at Trenton also led to further military victories for the Americans, at the 2nd Battle of Trenton and at Princeton, victories that in no small way mainly served to enhance the overall morale of the Army and attract more supporters to its cause! So in a nutshell the Battle of Trenton on X-mas night had this major, profound psychological impact upon the Americans and the subsequent ripple effects that resulted from their fine victory led all the way to the Battle of Yorktown and the ultimate surrender of the British Army. Also, like those famous Scottish victories at Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn, and that super ferocious ambush at Morgarten, which involved Swiss mountain folk armed with halberds, the Battle of Trenton once again verified and symbolized the fighting capabilities and effectiveness of the grass-roots' army of citizen soldiers willing to take on these more professional and disciplined armies comprised of highly trained soldiers and mercenaries! So, in terms of increasing, by these leaps and bounds, the morale, courage and confidence of, along with this support for, the American cause of liberty during the Revolution Trenton gets my vote because that was basically the turning point of the entire War. It was also proof that arrogance and over-confidence, as displayed by the Hessian commander Colonel Rall, can lead to utter humiliation and defeat. Though I must admit the Hessian troops that immediately realized the situation and/or came to their senses and sprang into action put up this marvellous and highly effective retreating/defensive fight that, to their everlasting glory and credit, proved once and for all that the Hessians don't give up without a good brawl to brag about! Though after the Crossing and Trenton never again could they openly and seriously disparage and denounce the overall initiative, courage and proficiency of the American fighting man, as Col. Rall usually took great pleasure in doing before Trenton. **** him!

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One of the really fascinating things about Colonial Wargare was the influence and recurrence of particular individuals in a number of guises as they progressed through the ranks. An example in Evelyn Wood VC who was a RN Midshipman in the Crimean War earning accolades for bravery, after transferring to the Army he fought in the Indian Mutiny (winning a VC), in Ashanti, in Natal fighting the Zulu, in the First Boer War and in Egypt. An impressive record.

It is not events that particularly interest me but the people engaged in war.

But maybe that is a new thread?
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Not sure if this is the right era though.

Hernando Cortez and the Spanish Conquest of the Aztecs. Its what got me into history. I picked up books on Aztecs, Spaniards and all the adventures and battles. Just fasinating for me. It was also a gateway to the rest of History and Military History to be specific. So its good for that too.
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Not sure if this is the right era though.

Hernando Cortez and the Spanish Conquest of the Aztecs. Its what got me into history. I picked up books on Aztecs, Spaniards and all the adventures and battles. Just fasinating for me. It was also a gateway to the rest of History and Military History to be specific. So its good for that too.
There have been some Cortez threads in the Musket and Pike forum also. The periods and subject matter would seem to overlap.
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I find my interest in Military history has always been primarlily 19th century, starting with the ACW as well as warfare elsewhere in the world, but more as i get older how much today is shaped by that time period or more to the point is a mirrored image of it.

I find the whole North West Frontier very interesting. From the Sikh wars in the 1840's, through to the Indian Mutiny of 1857-59 and especially the 2nd Afghan war 1878-79-80 and into the whole Eygpt Campaign of the 1880's, the Soudan (old spelling) and Mesopotamia (Iran/Iraq) issues then and into the 20th century.

Makes you realise that we never seem to learn form history, it keeps repeating itself over and over again, Its been 165+ years since Britian first stuggled to sort out the mountainous tribes in afgahanistan (1840's) on the frontier and look where we are today, nothing changes, no leasson learned.

Its a pity the movers and shakers of the world dont study history as much as the likes of us. Maybe they'd learn something.
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Throughout all of Colonial history... what is/was your favorite period, or military occurrence???

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150935, Why?
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so much happened during the 1800's Boer War, Boxer Rebalion and the spread of the British Empire
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