Revolutionary War Author and Historian

by Norm Desmarais

Revolutionary Imprints

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America’s First Ally is a comprehensive look at how France influenced the American Revolutionary War in a variety of ways: intellectually, financially and militarily. It discusses French aid to the American colonies, including covert aid, military and naval assistance and the main suppliers/outfitters. It explores the international nature of the war which some people have called the first world war and studies the contributions of individual French officers and troops, arguing that America could not have one without them.


Expected publication date June 19, 2019



$32.95 hardcover

Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 978-1-61200-701-4

America's First Ally -France in the Revolutionary War

Norman Desmarais, professor emeritus at Providence College, lives in Lincoln, RI.  He is an active re-enactor, a member of the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment, Le Regiment Bourbonnais, and the Brigade of the American Revolution. He is editor-in-chief of The Brigade Dispatch, the journal the Brigade of the American Revolution and the author of Battlegrounds of Freedom, The Guide to the American Revolutionary War (6-volumes), and The Guide to the American Revolutionary War at Sea which covers more than 10,500 actions. He has also translated the Gazette Françoise, the French newspaper published in Newport, RI by the French fleet that brought the Count de Rochambeau and 6800 French troops to America in July 1780. It is the first known service newspaper published by an expeditionary force.

The French Campaigns in the American Revolution, 1780-1783

The Diary of Count Lauberdiere, General Rochambeau's Nephew & Aide-de-camp