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10thMountain Inactive Member28 Jan 2017 10:35 a.m. PST

Hello,
Can anyone recommend some good sources for Hessian Tactics during the AWI? Also, Battle of WHite Plain, 1776 as well?
Thank you

10thMountain Inactive Member28 Jan 2017 10:35 a.m. PST

Hello,
Can anyone recommend some good sources for Hessian Tactics during the AWI? Also, Battle of WHite Plain, 1776 as well?
Thank you

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2017 11:54 a.m. PST

Fischer's Washington's Crossing.

JimDuncanUK28 Jan 2017 12:08 p.m. PST

Not sure about tactics but I understand that their line regiments used a closer order than similar British and rebel units.

rmaker28 Jan 2017 12:53 p.m. PST

Most of the German troops retained the three-rank, close-order line. The Brunswickers were the exception. Von Riedesel saw the utility of two ranks and open order tactics and made his troops adopt them.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2017 7:47 a.m. PST

I second Winston's answer.

22ndFoot30 Jan 2017 9:12 a.m. PST

Spring in With Zeal and Bayonets Only suggests that they may not have been so tactically inflexible as previously thought. However, if you keep them in three rank close order, especially as early as White Plains, you can't go wrong.

historygamer30 Jan 2017 3:44 p.m. PST

I think it was SM that posted on an earlier thread that the Germans changed to two ranks in 1776, but kept close order files.

There is also some thought that von Bose fought in looser files during the southern campaigns of 1780/81.

Supercilius Maximus30 Jan 2017 4:55 p.m. PST

@10th Mountain,

You need to read this book:-

link

The Brunswick/Hesse Hanau contingents in Canada adopted British tactics much more closely than the Hesse Cassel troops in the main theatre – Reidesel had his men demonstrate "tree fighting tactics" in front of Burgoyne and Simon Fraser prior to the Saratoga campaign. The HC troops adopted two ranks almost from the start, but their ruler forbade them from using "loose files".

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