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Petite guerre

Written By: Bob - Feb• 11•13

“Oh, Please. A bunch of hicks with deer rifles could never take on the government.”
— every leftist beta-male, ever

History is a fascinating subject not because of dates and events but because of the personalities and causes that drive them.

At the moment, I’m almost halfway through Fischer’s Washington’s Crossing, at a point after the Continental Army had won battles at Trenton and Princeton through brilliant leadership, and then went into winter quarters, as Washington was busy with the business of politicking, provisioning, and recruiting for the upcoming campaign season. What my history books in high school never taught was the petite guerre that was waged on Washington’s behalf in late winter on his behalf by Jersey militiamen.

Yes, those damned, troublesome militiamen.

Through small unit attacks, raids, assaults on British foraging parties and small battles, the militia beat the Hessians and the British Regulars back to Amboy, within sight of New York City.  This petite guerre made it extremely difficult for the British to forage for food or obtain fodder for their animals without suffering continual casualties.

When British foraging units sallied forth, they were ambushed, their purloined supplies confiscated by the militias or destroyed. When larger units were sent out, the Jersey militiamen riddled their flanks and rear. In each and ever encounter, the militias gained experience and proficiency, and British and Hessians uniformly took took the heavier losses.

The Forage War, 1777, via Project White Horse.

The Forage War, 1777, via Project White Horse.

The Forage War, as it became known, lasted until the greening began in the spring. The result was a far more confident and experienced corps of militiamen, and the wearing down of the best military in the world of it’s day. Thousands of Hessians and British were captured, and 900 were killed. But the losses went well beyond battle casualties. Because of the constant harassment of the Jersey militia raiders, the petite guerre created deplorable conditions in British and German camps. Overcrowding, poor food, too few supplies and poor sanitation led to more than half of the British forces sent into the Jersey campaign in 1776 New Jersey being rendered dead, wounded, too ill to fight, or otherwise ineffective.

“Small war” on the British, German, and their Loyalist allies in New Jersey and elsewhere showed a constant theme that haunted the British throughout the Revolutionary War; America is too large to be pacified by any standing army if there are enough citizens willing to take up arms in her defense.

Tread carefully.

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  1. Greg B says:

    Libs greatly underestimate where the majority of our military’s loyalties lie.

  2. Lazarus Long says:

    I read that book several years ago and also enjoyed the revalations contained therein.

  3. Klingonwork says:

    I agree Greg…the left greatly underestimates what we are willing to do…or die for.

    They call us hicks with deer rifles and in other posts they say we like to play “army-man”.

    Do you know who we are? We are that sole man in Tiananmen Square standing before a column of tanks…

    …except we are armed, and our brothers and cousins are in those tanks.

    Molon Labe

  4. Gayle says:

    Until Dorner happened, lefties were sneering that 2nd-amendment rights believers were in fantasyland about what private resistance could accomplish.

    All of LA’s finest, plus federal drones, are scrambling, because of ONE GUY.

    I abhor everything that Dorner’s about. But I’m glad to be able to shove his continuing successful resistance in the gun-grabbers faces.

    It’ll be sweet next time I encounter a lefty who doesn’t believe in the power of individual resistance.

  5. Steve D. says:

    Unarmed leftist beta males usually scoff at the chances of successful resistance because they cannot imagine “deer rifles” being effective against helicopter gunships or Abrams tanks. What they seemingly cannot get through their heads is that armed insurgents don’t take on helicopter gunships and Abrams tanks, but the support, supply, and command troops that are necessary for their functioning. Gunships don’t fly when the mechanics are in the hospital. Tanks don’t roll when the fuel and ammunition can’t get through.

    But those same helicopters and tanks will be quite effective against unarmed leftist beta males, after their units have defected to our side.

  6. Coldsteel1983 says:

    I’ve found a title to add to the reading list! It must be disconcerting to TPTB to have one of their own go off the reservation in such an embarrasing manner. At least they can rely on their media lackeys to gloss over the story beneath the news events (as they are doing) and minimize the fact that one man has the law enforcement agencies of one of the countries largest metropolitan areas shooting innocent women because they were in a pickup truck (overreacting) and evacuating families and putting protection details on people they believe may be of interest (running scared). There’s been little mention of Federal involvement, but you can bet your bottom dollar the ABC’s are in this up to their eyeballs.

    I’m repeating, but when you compare the coverage that John Muhammed (DC Sniper) got in the news to what Dorners got, it’s incredible. Watch a couple of news programs. How much do you hear? They want this to go away sooo bad…

    Heck, they’ll probably focus on the unfolding miseries that Obamacare is about to inflict on us rather than the Dorner saga.

    Jeff B.

  7. bob sykes says:

    The Arab Spring, especially in Syria, is instructive, too. Guerrillas can beat standing armies.

    • Rob Crawford says:

      Except the Alawite rulers in Syria have ALWAYS depended on the people fearing their military and each other more than any loyalty to the state. What’s happened is enough of their military has decided they hate the Alawites more than the Sunni/Shia (whichever that serviceman is not), and the Iranians haven’t been able to send enough Revolutionary Guard to make up the gap.

  8. Frank Pasqualone says:

    Is it any wonder that the idea of American Exceptionalism is almost dead today? This is the type of history that most of us and probably none of our current grade school age children learn about.

  9. Comrade X says:

    It is good to know who stands with you:

    02/08/2012 LEANDER, TX.

    Updated Policy for State and Local Agency Law Enforcement Sales:

    Due to the recent and numerous new Anti-gun/Anti-2nd Amendment laws passed and/or pending across our country, LaRue Tactical has been forced to reconsider how we provide products to state and local agencies.

    Effective today, in an effort to see that no legal mistakes are made by LaRue Tactical and/or its employees, we will apply all current State and Local Laws (as applied to civilians) to state and local law enforcement / government agencies. In other words, LaRue Tactical will limit all sales to what law-abiding citizens residing in their districts can purchase or possess.

    State and local laws have always been a serious focus of this firm, and we are now dovetailing that focus with the constitutional rights of the residents covered in their different areas by the old and new regulations.

    We realize this effort will have an impact on this firm’s sales – and have decided the lost sales are less danger to this firm than potential lawsuits from erroneous shipments generated by something as simple as human error.

    Thanks in advance for your understanding.

    Mark LaRue

    * * This policy does not apply to Military / Federal Agencies * *

    Death before slavery!

    • Bob says:

      I bought a LaRue LT 104 mount (from SKD Tactical) after reading that.

      Support those who support the Constitution, and there will be none who can oppose us.

    • David Hamel says:

      “* * This policy does not apply to Military / Federal Agencies * *”

      While I applaud Larue’s new policy it does raise one question:

      Will LaRue continue sales to FedGov agencies if a national assault weapons ban is passed?

      • Bob says:

        As the military are NOT civilians as state and local LEOs are, the question seems obtuse.

      • Comrade X says:

        At least for this year IMHO a national assault weapons ban is DOA, its the states & cities where the fight will be on that front.

        Death before slavery!

  10. Hillard Foster says:

    If the Dorner guy scares them, what will 1000+ in each and every state do to them.
    They are using 40 protection details to protect people Dorner has threatened. There is not enough protection details in the world to stop 50,000 armed and trained Patriots.
    If 3% of the gun owners in America defent the Constitution it will be 3,000,000+. I suspect the 3% is a low number.

  11. Col Bat Guano says:

    Leftians are concentrated in urban cores. They spew their nonsense about about deer hunters versus a nuclear armed military in their trendy coffee houses, the walls of which are adorned with Piss Christ style “art.” Their urban setting makes them vulnerable to Forage War tactics in support of an overall strategy to breakdown the Ruling Class. They have no moral imperative to do anything beyond removing their arses from the coffee house chair. As a potential enemy, their inherent weakness is obvious.

    • Al Reasin says:

      So true.

      Stores rely on “on time delivery” everywhere for food and other needed supplies, but the cities the most. And they need electricity to run elevators, heat and light apartment buildings, and run the water systems. Just look at what happened after Sandy and that recovery was with full support of citizens. Small weapons fire can take out 230 and 500 KV high voltage power lines in the rural feeds to the cities and it is difficult to do repairs under fire. And let’s face it, Americans are spoiled and can’t handle having to rough it; especially the Left

      The Left just doesn’t relize that they can’t find protection under the federal government if enough patriots decide to upset the apple cart.

  12. Rob says:

    To complement Washington’s Crossing, consider Max Boot’s Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present.

    As the title implies, it covers a lot of ground. A very good read.

  13. John says:

    Nothing about burning bridges or making road signs point in a wrong direction.

  14. Phoenix says:

    They vastly underestimate the rage that Americans are feeling, there’s a quiet majority that you never hear from on sites like this that are tired of all the BS, they are ready to push back. It’s been building for a long time.

    I say after the vote on the UN small arms treaty in march, which is how Obama plans to go around Congress, there will be no more guessing what’s about to happen.

    Maybe they’ll give him another Nobel peace prize for killing Americans.

  15. revjen45 says:

    The difference between a deer rifle and a sniper rifle is the target.

  16. PJ says:

    Ignore the nay-sayers and the believers in the government religion (as if DC would use nukes in America!). They will discover their error soon enough. Then it will be too late for them to do anything about it. Good riddance…

  17. UndercoverInLA says:

    Just want to post my gratitude for Bob Owens’ writing and insights. Have been visiting this site daily since I found it and it is a Godsend. Thank you, Sir.

  18. Phoenix says:

    65.4 Million Gun Purchases Since Obama Took Office, 91% More Than Bush’s First-Term Total…..

    Like I said, I think they underestimate the dis-trust in Government…specifically King Obama.

  19. Comrade X says:

    “Reader Mitchell Sheppard wrote the following takedown of gun control for his high school sophomore English class. And despite his teacher being on the other side of the issue (this was a Massachusetts public school, after all), Mitchell reports that his grade for the heavily researched essay was an A. What grade would you have given it?

    In 2010 there were nearly 13,000 murders in the United States. When a statistic like this is stated, it is frequently followed by a demand that “something must be done” to stop violent crime in the United States. Often, these statements claim the obvious answer to our violent crime rate is gun control . . .

    Death before slavery!

  20. Comrade X says:

    Olympic Arms is a staunch believer in and defender of the Constitution of the United States, and with special attention paid to the Bill of Rights that succinctly enumerates the security of our Divinely given Rights. One of those Rights is that to Keep and Bear Arms.

    Legislation recently passed in the State of New York outlaws the AR15 and many other firearms, and will make it illegal for the good and free citizens of New York to own a large selection of legal and safe firearms and magazines. We feel as though the passage of this legislation exceeds the authority granted to the government of New York by its citizens, and violates the Constitution of the United States, ignoring such SCOTUS rulings as District of Columbia v. Heller – 554, U.S. 570 of 2008, McDonald v. Chicago – 561 U.S. 3025 of 2010, and specifically the case of United States v. Miller – 307 U.S. 174 of 1939.

    Due the passing of this legislation, Olympic Arms would like to announce that the State of New York, any Law Enforcement Departments, Law Enforcement Officers, First Responders within the State of New York, or any New York State government entity or employee of such an entity – will no longer be served as customers….

    Death before slavery!

  21. Rob Crawford says:

    Spanktown? Seriously?

    I thought Knockemstiff was bad…

  22. Michael says:

    I remember vividly getting into long arguments with people over at Confederate Yankee in which I said that the Iraq war was a shocking waste of money and lives, only to be told, “We’re fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here!!!11!!”

    Little did I realize then that the “them” we might have to fight over here would be those same Right-wingers. Ironic.

    • Rob Crawford says:

      What do you intend to do that will start a fight?

    • Bubba says:

      If your side leaves our Lives, Liberty and Property alone you will have nothing to fear. If on the other hand your side does exactly what it says it wants to do you will have nothing but dread.

  23. StukaPilot says:

    The same ethnicity that owns the gubmint also owns all the national grocery store chains. They absolutely will attempt to Ukraine us. So we will do the same to them: cut off the urbanites’ electricty and there will complete chaos in the cities w/in 24 hours, as the group entitlements go after each other. Ambush food trucks, convoys going into the cities and the collectivists will be eating each other w/in a week.