Mark Simner

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  • in reply to: Sons of Liberty TV Series #9016
    Mark Simner
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    I have finally had chance to watch episode one of SOL, and I have to say I was left with mixed feelings. What struck me is how well-made it is, including excellent sets/backdrops and special effects. I am not an expert on the American War of Independence so I cannot comment much on the accuracy, however there were a number of things regarding the portrayal of the British Army that did not fee right, but then it is a TV programme and, like Hollywood movies, its more about the drama than historical accuracy. Naturally the British are the bad guys – and I am British – but I have no issues with the point of view of others.

    All that said, I will continue to watch the series and see how it develops.

    Mark

    in reply to: Hello from Mark Simner #9008
    Mark Simner
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    For those of you who are interested, here is Dan’s guest article regarding RevWarTalk: http://marksimner.me.uk/guest-article-american-revolutionary-war-history-forum/

    Please do spread the word and encourage others to join us.

    Mark

    in reply to: Hello from Mark Simner #9007
    Mark Simner
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    Thanks, Dan! As a fellow forum Administrator, I look forward to helping the RevWarTalk forum where I can.

    Mark

    in reply to: Hello from Mark Simner #9004
    Mark Simner
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    By the way Dan, I meant to say if you fancy writing a short piece about the forum, what its about and why you set it up etc., I would be happy to post it as a guest article on my military history blog. I am not sure how many of my blog followers are into the American Revolutionary War but it might generate a new member or two.

    We would obviously include the URL and perhaps the forum logo or similar?

    Mark

    in reply to: Sons of Liberty TV Series #9002
    Mark Simner
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    Thank you, Dan! I will keep my eye open for it 🙂

    Mark

    in reply to: Hello from Mark Simner #9001
    Mark Simner
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    Thanks, Dan! I find the whole Georgian period interesting, particularly the conflicts from the time of Marlborough (slightly pre-Georgian I know) up to and including the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. However, both the American Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars officer an incredible amount of scope for research, with many minor actions in addition to the larger better-known battles. Even if you devote a lifetime to one of these conflicts, I do not think you could ever learn it all.

    Mark

    in reply to: Sons of Liberty TV Series #8998
    Mark Simner
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    After all that I ended up missing the first episode! However, it will no doubt be repeated this week.

    I have not heard of TURN, I am not sure if it has aired here in the UK yet.

    Mark

    in reply to: Hello from Mark Simner #8997
    Mark Simner
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    Both books are alas outside of the American Revolutionary War, so I will only briefly mention them so not to go too far off-topic. My first book is called ‘An Illustrated Introduction to the Battle of Waterloo’, which was published in the UK in May this year and will be released in the US in July. The title pretty much says it all, but the book is aimed at those new to the battle and, I hope, fills a gap in the market for those who do not wish to pick-up and read one of the many heavy tomes that already exist. My second book is complete and currently with a publisher. It examines the Pathan risings against the British on the North West Frontier of India in late 1897. The rising was one of the most serious challenges to British authority in the region since the Indian Mutiny. Very little has been written about since the end of the Victorian and early Edwardian periods.

    Back to the American Revolutionary War, I have also acquired ‘The Men Who Lost America: British Command during the Revolutionary War and the Preservation of the Empire’ by Andrew O’Shaughnessy. Again, I am very much looking forward to read it as soon as I finish reading my current book.

    Mark

    in reply to: Sons of Liberty TV Series #8987
    Mark Simner
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    Sons of Liberty is about to air in the UK on the History Channel. I have been curious to see it but also a little apprehensive at the same time, since I find such dramas often wildly inaccurate. Also, being British, I of course worry it will have much anti-British sentiment. All that said, would you say it is still worth watching from a purely entertainment point of view?

    Mark

    in reply to: Hello from Mark Simner #8986
    Mark Simner
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    Hello everyone!

    I must apologize for my absence during the past nine months, but I have had to urgently concentrate on finishing two books that I was writing, which I am glad to say are now done (although I am working on a third, at a somewhat slower pace). However, I now hope to have a little time to spend learning more about the American Revolutionary War.

    Indeed, my latest book purchase is ‘With Zeal and with Bayonets Only: The British Army on Campaign in North America, 1775-1783′ by Matthew H. Spring, which I am looking forward to reading. Have any RevWarTalk members read this title?

    Mark

    in reply to: Hello from Mark Simner #8746
    Mark Simner
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    Hi Dan

    Thank you for the welcome and the kind words regarding my forum and blog! 🙂

    Sadly the American Revolution seems to have drifted from the minds of most people in the UK, I don’t think it is even on the school curriculum anymore, or at least not in any depth. However, there will of course be those who go on to study history at University who will examine it in greater detail. I am not sure why it gets so little attention here, possible due to the fact it was a major defeat for Britain, and countries tend to remember the victories rather than their defeats. That said the Seven Years’ War, which as you know held many tremendous victories for Britain, is also largely forgotten by the majority of the British public. Certainly at the time of the loss of the American colonies the British looked to India instead, and I have often wondered if Britain would have been so active in the conquest of the Indian states if North America was still under the Crown. Perhaps it is from 1780s onwards that Britain began forgetting?

    The Napoleonic Wars remain popular amongst British historians, as does much of the Victorian period, and of course both World Wars. I began my interest in military history in WW2 when I was a teenager, since then I have progressively been working my way back to the ealry 1700s. I doubt I will go any earlier than the time of Marlborough, rather I would like to gain a better understanding of conflicts such as the American Revolution and Seven Years’ War etc.

    One aspect of forums such as this I particularly enjoy is that members come from different countries. That way you are exposed far more to the different views of the conflict, and thus a better overall understanding. It looks like I will be reaching for some of my American Revolution books from the shelves of my home library very shortly!

    Mark

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