What Important Lesson Did The British Learn From Their Experience In The Battle On Breeds Hill?
The important lesson that the British army and the authority learned from the experience in the battle on Breeds Hill was quite interesting.
(Mostly in the history of the United States the battle is popular as the ‘Battle of Bunker Hill’)
Even, the experience was quite shameful for the powerful English army. After all, during that time, they were the most powerful army in the world.
In this fighting, the British army was further experienced and well equipped with much better arms and battle training than the American militias.
But the battle of Breeds Hill on June 17th, 1775 made them realize that they would have to fight for a long time and costly battles against Americans; even after colonists’ were not that experienced as they were.
The reason was, in this conflict, the British army faced some major casualties.
(However, they managed to win the first part of the conflict somehow)
Even the numbers of casualties were two times higher than the Americans’ side.
The statistics were something like this:
- British army casualties: 226 red coats killed and 828 badly injured.
- American army casualties: 145 patriots killed and 305 wounded.
On the other hand, though they managed to capture the area for some short time; but soon George Washington started reinforcing to take back the position.
Seeing the critical situation, later Major General William Howe and his troops had to move back to Boston, Massachusetts.
This incident was largely embarrassing for the powerful British army.