French revolutionaries and Freemasons seems to be a funny thing, because the French revolutionaries were so paranoid they shut down nearly all the civilian masonic lodges. Whereas, at the same time, military field lodges survived and prospered.
Which makes the 'Merican case interesting. The spread of Freemasonry in North America seems to have been mostly via the British Army's military field lodges. Especially the Irish and Scottish Regiments. Which is why a lot of US Freemasonry is connected with "Scottish Rite", and nothing much to do with English Freemasonry. There are so many websites that detail all this I won't bore you by repeating it all here.
Except that yes, the British Army had many opportunities to inflict grievious harm on their fraternal brethren, but declined to do so, despite orders from home.