The Hessians: Mercenaries from Hessen-Kassel in the American Revolution

The Hessians: Mercenaries from Hessen-Kassel in the American Revolution

Rodney Atwood


The Hessians are notorious in American heritage for his or her function as a part of the British forces despatched to overwhelm the colonists' uprising in 1776. but those German auxiliaries, or mercenaries have been just one example of a widespread army perform, authorized by means of foreign jurists of the time and utilized by the British in all their eighteenth-century wars. This examine (dealing with one of many six contingents identified inaccurately because the Hessians) is the 1st to make broad use of manuscript resources in Germany, Britain and the United States to place the Hessians of their old context and to envision some of the myths approximately them. The stumble upon of the americans with the Hessian troops from a disciplined paternalistic society prepared for warfare, with precise thoroughness, used to be now not simply the assembly of 2 army structures, but in addition of 2 methods of existence, and is therefore worthwhile of research in an age of conflict.

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