Academic journal article Military Review

All Canada in the Hands of the British: General Jeffrey Amherst and the 1760 Campaign to Conquer New France

Academic journal article Military Review

All Canada in the Hands of the British: General Jeffrey Amherst and the 1760 Campaign to Conquer New France

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ALL CANADA IN THE HANDS OF THE BRITISH General Jeffrey Amherst and the 1760 Campaign to Conquer New France Douglas R. Cubbison, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma, 2014, 283 pages

Douglas Cubbison's exploration of Gen. Jeffrey Amherst recognizes an important fact--that most successful British Army officers seamlessly transitioned from leadership on conventional battlefields to leadership of population-centric style counterinsurgencies. Too often those two activities are posed as antithetical, but All Canada in the Hands of the British illustrates campaigns marked by successful command and control and a population-centered strategy. He argues that Amherst's use of three columns placed his force in the best position to defeat the French Army and to control the population.

Much of Cubbison's text focuses on the campaign of Amherst subordinate James Murray. Murray excellently secured the French population: "Murray's progress was slow and deliberate, as he landed strong detachments ashore at every parish (or township), swore the inhabitants to neutrality, and disarmed the Canadian militia, on which the French depended for resistance. …

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