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Breaking the Stalemate: Amphibious Warfare during the War of 1812

Jean-François Lebeau
Lieutenant (N) G.J.F. Lebeau is the Above Water Warfare Officer aboard HMCS Ville de Québec, and he holds a BA in History from the Royal Military College of Canada. In 2010, Lieutenant Lebeau received the French Navy’s “Qualification aux opérations amphibies” while serving onboard the Mistral-class amphibious assault ship Tonnerre.
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The War of 1812 is remembered for both its pitched land battles (i.e., Queenston Heights and New Orleans) and its famous sea battles between the Royal Navy (RN) and the United States Navy (USN). Yet, these famous engagements are only a small fraction of all the battles fought during the war. It has been suggested that the War of 1812 more closely resembled the First World War than its contemporary, the Napoleonic Wars. The hardships of the Upper Canadian wilderness and the American Northwest demonstrated that winter and disease were as much the enemy as the opposing military. The war continued for two-and-a-half years until the Treaty of Ghent in 1814 ended hostilities. Although this war has been exhaustively studied, one aspect that remains relatively unknown is the extensive use of amphibious warfare. In fact, many of the important battles were amphibious operations, including York, Chesapeake Bay, and New Orleans. Furthermore, both sides conducted many amphibious raids throughout the war.

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Breaking the Stalemate: Amphibious Warfare during the War of 1812

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Volume 14, Number 1, - 2014

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