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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Nov 2017 8:20 p.m. PST

"The history and historiography of the King's German Legion leave the scholar with no doubt, that this foreign corps was the most successful instance of German soldiers operating in the British Army at any point between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. Contemporary accounts of contacts with the Legion, and the opinions born out of those various interactions, further support this conclusion. While the King's German Legion was unique in its highly regarded and lauded status, it was also very much a product of a century of Anglo-German soldierly relationships, and an embodiment of some of the major themes common not only to the foreign corps of this period, but the myriad of military associations that in many ways culminated in this specific force. The Legion is invaluable as a topic for a case study, since it existed at a time when the soldier diary and memoir enjoyed exponential growth in popularity and demand, thereby leading to a prolific amount of primary sources and, given the nature and high drama of the war against Napoleon, an ample plate of secondary materials as well…"
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