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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2017 11:07 a.m. PST

"After the Bourgoyne desaster of Saratoga in 1777, where the Hesse-Hanau troops with the exception of the Jaegers had been taken prisoners, Prince William of Hesse-Hanau sent new soldiers to America to fulfil his subsidiary treaty with the English Crown. They were "un Corps Franc d'Infanterie legere" ("a Free Corps of light Infantry") as the French term used in the agreement calls them.In the second half of the 18th century a Frei Corps (literally "free corps") was a separate military unit, operating on its own as light infantry beside the regular troops fighting in close order. Es­sentially a frei-corps was a temporary wartime formation and it was not seldom composed of soldiers of fortune, deserters, and convicted criminals…"



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Pan Marek Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2017 1:11 p.m. PST

The website is a great find. Too bad the troops pictured saw no action.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 11:07 a.m. PST

Glad you like it my friend!.


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