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The Boston Massacre 

The portrayal of vicious British soldiers firing execution style on an innocent crowd is an oversimplified version of the famed Boston Massacre. Find out what really happened on the night of March 5, and who ordered the soldiers to fire.

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Garry James ...
Himself, ballistics expert
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Himself, historian
Hiller B. Zobel ...
Himself, Associate Justice, Superior Court of Massachusetts
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The portrayal of vicious British soldiers firing execution style on an innocent crowd is an oversimplified version of the famed Boston Massacre. Find out what really happened on the night of March 5, and who ordered the soldiers to fire.

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Inaccurate acoustic analysis
1 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

I've seen this program a couple of times and have always been bothered by the inaccuracy of the acoustic analysis of the Capt's commands. First, Mr Freytag fails to use a military command voice. Having myself barked orders to a military Honor Guard over the roar of KC-135 aircraft engines, I know the power of a properly used command voice. Second, he fails to take into account the role of an officer's saber as a visual cue in the field. Soldiers of the era would have been trained to respond to the visual saber command as much as an audible command. These gaps raise serious doubts about the analytical rigor of the opening supposition about the soldiers not "hearing" the command, and thus the rest of the program.


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