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Rebels and Redcoats: How Britain Lost America
Genre: History
With vivid dramatizations of battles, eyewitness accounts, original documents and paintings, REBELS AND REDCOATS tells the untold story of the American Revolution. Renowned British military historian Richard Holmes presents the four-part series, focusing on the military struggle -- the soldiers, leaders, tactics and strategy of this grand conflict. Told from an unusual point of view -- that of the British losers -- the series at the same time explores painful conflicts within the American populace, taking viewers inside the vicious battles of brothers, friends and families forced to choose sides between loyalist and rebels.

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Episode #102
The War Moves South / The World Turned Upside Down
The War Moves South - The British open a new front in the southern colonies, where they hope to gather strong support from the loyalists and new recruits among America's blacks. Thousands of African Americans join the British to escape slavery. The Redcoats win a series of victories against American and French forces. The war in the south is brutal and the stuff of nightmares, a savage war of partisan raids and guerrilla skirmishes. The American victory in the battle of King's mountain in October 1780 becomes a turning point in the war. The British now have to contend with the French navy, with the rebels' growing confidence on land and with opposition to the war in England's parliament. The World Turned Upside Down - The British navy still commands the seaand with it the ability to move troops as needed. But then an extraordinary naval blunder allows the French fleet to isolate a large British garrison at Yorktown and the British are forced to surrender. The surrender in Yorktown marks the end of the war. The victory belongs to Washington and his French allies. Those who have supported the Redcoats, the loyalists, many African Americans and American Indians withdraw with the British, or are left to the mercy of the rebels. In many ways the American Revolution was a civil war within the English nation on both sides of the Atlantic. And even now, a special relationship with the "mother country" is still intact.
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Episode #101
The Shot Heard Around The World / American Crisis
The Shot Heard Around the World - In 1770 there is a rare clash between British Redcoats and the townspeople of Boston. Five men are killed in this first violent act of the drama that will create a new nation. America is split over whether to break with Britain or to stay loyal to the Crown. Agitation and tensions escalate, until a British force is sent out to confiscate a Minuteman arms cache, and "the shot heard round the world" is fired in Lexington. The British are expecting a riot; they get a revolution. The Americans triumph over the British in Boston, forcing them to withdraw. American Crisis - In the summer of 1776, British forces land in New York. They outmaneuver Washington in Brooklyn and force him out of the city. During a tough winter, he is forced to retreat and his army begins to disintegrate. Then on Christmas night, Washington leads a daring raid across the frozen Delaware River, giving him victory at Trenton and saving the revolution. Yet the British still appear superior in this war, capturing the great Fort Ticonderoga. In reality the Redcoats are overstretched on this vast continent, and in 1777 they surrender at Saratoga. The American rebels find a new ally in France, which joins them in their struggle against King George III.
1 hour, 39 minutes long
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