That depends on experience. The 'greener' soldiers from Britain were likely all piss and vinegar, just like ours when they come out of training. Some of the experienced British soldiers, especially the officers, knew full well what they were starting and they faced it with a sense of pure dread... because they knew the colonists would give them more of a fight than the younger, less experienced soldiers believed. Good military officers know not to underestimate their adversaries and fall victim to pride. It doesn't matter what century or even what nation... the rule generally applies based on experience. Our military people who have been in places like Afghan for a few years have a wildly different perspective that those who are fresh from training... and those experienced soldiers will know that disarmament is no cake walk. In fact, they have not accomplished it in any Middle Eastern country we've invaded.
"Those who know war not will welcome it with a dance"
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