26 July 2006

Hot Weather Matters

The heat wave in London in the past week has distracted me from plans to write about Afghanistan, as my computers threaten to overheat if I spend too long surfing in addition to my other work. However, the weather reminds me of the role heat sometimes plays in warfare. One of the first battles that I can recall reading about in which the hot weather was significant was Monmouth Court House on 28 June 1778. The weather was certainly warm as this account makes clear. In 1976, an historian wrote a revisionist book, saying that General Charles Lee was unfairly maligned for his actions in the battle. You can find out more about the battle via the links here.

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