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Battle Cries in the Wilderness: The Struggle for North America in the Seven Years' War

Canadians at War Series

Battle Cries in the Wilderness: The Struggle for North America in the Seven Years' War    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-55488-919-8
Pages 142
Language English only
Price $19.99
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Written by Colonel Bernd Horn.
Published by Dundurn Press, 2011.


The savage struggle to take control of the North American wilderness during the epic Seven Years' War (1756–1763) between France and England is a gripping tale. As the two European powers battled each other for global economic, political and military supremacy in what some have called the first world war, the brutal conflict took on a unique North American character, particularly in the role Native allies played on both sides.

Formal European tactics and military protocols were out of place in the harsh, unforgiving forests of the New World. Cavalry, mass infantry columns, and volley fire proved less effective in the heavily wooded terrain of North America than it did in Europe. What mattered in the colonial hinterland of New France and the British American colonies was an ability to navigate, travel, and survive in the uncharted wilderness. Equally important was the capacity to strike at the enemy with surprise, speed, and violence. After all, the reward for victory was substantial — mastery of North America.

Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • Adapt or Die
  • The Canadian Way of War
  • The Anglo-Americans Strike Back
  • A Deadly Game of Cat and Mouse
  • The Beginning of the End
  • Epilogue
  • Selected Readings
  • Index
This book is suitable for ages 12+.

About the author: Colonel Bernd Horn is an experienced infantry officer who is currently serving as the deputy commander of Canada's Special Operations Forces Command. He is an adjunct professor of history at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, and has authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited more than 20 books, including Fortune Favours the Brave: Tales of Courage and Tenacity in Canadian Military History. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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