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    Initially the colonists were outclassed in open warfare against the more experienced British troops. Most of the colonists believed that the British would win the war, but they hoped they would gain some tax relief and some autonomy for their efforts.  

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    The American Revolution (as it is known in North America) or the American War of Independence (as it is known internationally) had its roots in the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763). The thirteen colonies of Great Britain in North America wanted independance from the heavy tax burdens imposed by the colonial power.

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    There was a wide range of famous conflicts during the Renaissance period. Many of them had a basis in religion withconflict often occurring betweenCatholic and Protestant supporters. Some of these conflicts had political undertones where the excuse was a religious one but the real aim was to take control of a country.

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    DBR is a set of wargaming rules produced by Wargames Research Group in the UK. These have developed out of their popular DBA and DBM rules for Ancient and Medieval wargaming. There are subtle differences which encourage the use of historical formations in order for armies to be successful.

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    The wars of the Renaissance produced many famous commanders, including Frederick the Great, Gustavus Adolphus and Marlborough. They were highly skilled and developed the art of warfare to a new technical level.

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    The advent of gunpowder saw the demise of the fully armoured knight and the advent of new tactics. Troops were more easily trainedwhich allowed the raising of large levies. The slow rate of fire from these primitive weapons meant that they required protection, particularly from cavalry.