Kevin J. Weddle discusses his military history book on the American Revolution campaign of Saratoga “The Compleat Victory” (Oxford University Press, 2021)

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Kevin J. Weddle Compleat Victory Saratoga

Kevin J. Weddle discusses his military history book on the American Revolution campaign of Saratoga The Compleat Victory (Oxford University Press, 2021)

Check out this book here https://amzn.to/2PrwGpB

Interview Timeline

Kevin J. Weddle is Professor of Military Theory and Strategy at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He graduated from West Point and served in the US Army for 28 years on active duty in command and staff positions before retiring as a colonel. We spoke about his new book on the Saratoga campaign of the American Revolution.

(THE AUDIO PLAYER IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST.)

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1:08 – Kevin talks about why he wrote about the Saratoga campaign.

2:01- Kevin talks about how he laid out the book.

5:09 – Kevin talks about Great Britain’s approach to the Saratoga Campaign.

7:12 – Kevin talks about British knowledge of the battlefield and how it affected planning.

13:00 – Kevin talks about the makeup of the forces involved in the fight.

13:47 – Kevin talks about US approaches to the British forces.

17:12 – Kevin talks about Washington’s knowledge of the British way of fighting.

18:07 – Kevin talks about the Congress’ feelings about the Saratoga campaign and the Northern department.

22:27 – Kevin talks about Washington’s planning for the campaign.

25:26 – Kevin talks about how British strategy developed for 1777.

32:16 – Kevin talks about poor British management in North America.

34:56 – Kevin talks about Native American participation in the campaign.

39:38 – Kevin talks about how he discusses strategy and leadership in the book.

43:06 – Kevin talks about the resources he used for the book.

44:40 – Kevin talks about the libraries he enjoyed using.

45:55 – Kevin talks about British feelings for the colonists.

46:58 – Kevin talks about being surprised by how much Washington ran everything going on.

48:17 – Kevin talks about Washington’s demeanor during the campaign.

49:30 – Kevin talks about French observers at the campaign.

50:37 – Kevin talks about other nations’ involvement in the war.

51:49 – Kevin talks about questions that will probably never be answered.

53:49 – Kevin goes into details about the two final battles.

58:38 – Kevin talks about the tragedy of the British POWs after the campaign.

1:02:09 – Kevin talks about Germans becoming Americans and praising North America.

1:04:02 – Kevin talks about British fortifications.

1:05:23 – Kevin talks about how Burgoyne felt about American forces and loyalist support for the British.

1:06:53 – Kevin talks about the siege of Fort Stanwix.

1:11:07 – Kevin talks about Burgoyne’s artillery.

1:15:12 – Kevin talks about the German troops.

1:16:14 – Information on the book can be found on the Oxford University Press website.

Links of interest

https://amzn.to/2PrwGpB

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-compleat-victory-9780195331400?cc=us&lang=en&

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Contact Information

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Guests: Kevin J. Weddle

Host: Cris Alvarez

Tags: Books, audio interviews, author, academic, podcast, Oxford University Press, American Revolution, United States, Britain,

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