Britannia's Fist: From Civil War to World War: An Alternate History

By Peter G. Tsouras

As soon as too usually within the battle among the States, nice Britain’s help for the Confederacy takes it to the edge of conflict with the Union. The break out of a British-built accomplice ironclad ultimately ignites the heap of flamable animosities and nationwide pursuits. whilst the U.S. army seizes it in British waters, the consequent conflict spirals into all-out conflict. Napoleon III eagerly joins the British and announces warfare at the usa. in the meantime, treason uncoils within the North because the anti-war Democrats, often called Copperheads, plot to overthrow the U.S. executive and take the Midwest into the Confederacy.

Britannia’s fist moves speedy and tough. in addition to the Canadians, the British invade ny and Maine, and the Royal military moves on the South Atlantic blocking off 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 military assaults the Gulf coast. within the Midwest, the Copperheads upward thrust in insurrection 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 battle of stroke and counterstroke yet one within which new technologies—repeating guns, commentary balloons, advances in naval ordnance and armament—become very important components within the fight of the younger nation opposed to the outdated World’s empires. For one of many nice ignored tales of the Civil conflict used to be now not the development of army expertise yet its obstacle through incompetence, disorganization, and in a few severe situations outright refusal to think about something leading edge. this is often additionally a warfare during which the Union unearths a “combat multiplier” while it organizes history’s first national-level intelligence attempt. Britannia’s Fist is the compelling tale of robust ancient personalities who come jointly because the Union is going into overall conflict mobilization within the struggle for its existence.

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Sharpe coolly blew a hoop around the desk. “I needs to say sorry for my bluntness, gents. Please, forgive an easy colonel of infantry for a scarcity of subtly. ” probably that used to be laying it on too thick. Time to alter the topic. “Tell me, Captain, what of the French? What does your executive reflect on the French event in Mexico? ” Hancock had taken little half within the dialog bearing on military concerns, yet now he had whatever to claim. “I could say that the British govt considers Napoleon’s pursuits to be a degree of Gallic extra. Mexico is not any position to stick. You american citizens have been smart to win fast, take what you sought after, and get out. Your instance used to be misplaced at the French, I’m afraid. ” “And you're not anxious in regards to the growth of the French army? ” That was once clean meat thrown to Hancock. “By God, sir, fearful of the French? You do have a wierd, Yankee humorousness. ” “But the French Gloire type ironclads did thieve a march at the Royal army in ’59, did it no longer? ” Sharpe spoke in French. Hancock, to not be outdone, additionally switched, exhibiting a striking snatch of French army terminology. “Yes, I’m afraid the French have been the 1st to construct a major ironclad, yet they have been following the instance of the British ironclad batteries within the Russian struggle of the decade. yet our Warrior classification positioned the French correct the place they belong—in moment position. The HMS Warrior and her sister-ship, Black Prince, have been designed and inbuilt list time. they're so improved to the French ships that there's no comparability. the soldiers are thoroughly iron ships whereas the Gloires are wood hulls with purely ironclad casements. Warriors are nearly sixty five percentage better and are intended for open-ocean crusing while the Frenchies might have a difficult cross of it anyplace however the Channel and the Mediterranean. Our armament is obviously more desirable to boot with twenty-six 68-pounders, 4 70-pounders, and 11 breech-loading rifled 110-pounders of Mr. Armstrong’s manufacture opposed to the French thirty-six 6. 4-inch rifled weapons. the entire British weapons are stronger as is our powder, the easiest the area. ”21 Sharpe proposal that Admiral Dahlgren may disagree. He was once now not referred to as “the father of yankee naval ordnance” for not anything. His sequence of Dahlgren weapons at IX, X, XI, and XV inches have been thought of through us to be the simplest on the planet. The Royal army had attempted to shop for Dalgreen weapons in huge numbers, however the usa had declined to proportion such a bonus. Hancock persevered, “There is one other zone during which we thoroughly outclass the French—no inner most French foundry can roll the armor invaluable for one of these send; a couple of British institutions can do this very easily. The French easily don't have the iron to aid Napoleon’s goals of an ironclad fleet. ” Hancock’s tail was once up as he indexed each element of British naval superiority over the French, which had the unstated message that that superiority utilized to the USA to boot. “Why, sir, if those evidence don't provoke you, maybe the phrases of Mr.

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