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Warrior American Colonial Ranger: The Northern Colonies 1724-1764 Osprey Books

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Great Book by Osprey Publishing. 64 pages
The white men who became rangers in the North American wilderness during the middle decades of the 18th century were hybrids of three dissimilar parents: frontier hunters and trappers, colonial militiamen, and Native American warriors. Battles with Indians in the previous century had highlighted the uselessness of European armor, pikes and cavalry in the dense New World forests: the frontiersmen quickly realized that adopting Indian tactics as well as aspects of clothing and equipment was the only way to match the enemy's bush fighters. In the 1720s, Captain John Lovewell was among the first leaders to organize Ranger companies that could penetrate deep into enemy territory. In the decades that followed, fuelled by the struggle for control of the New World territories between Britain and France, such companies played crucial roles in the battles and campaigns. Captain Robert Rogers' New Hampshire Company of Rangers is undoubtedly the most famous of such units, and he compiled the first treatise on irregular warfare, a set of rules that is still distributed to US Special Forces to this day. His single company was expanded into several more by the advent of the French and Indian War, and the Rangers became a formidable fighting force. This title examines the development of the colonial rangers in this period, and shows how they were taught to survive in the woods, to fight hand-to-hand, to scalp a fallen foe, and to fight across all types of terrain and in all weather conditions. Based on much previously unpublished source material, it paints a vivid picture of the life, appearance and experiences of the American colonial ranger in the northern colonies.