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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2018 11:31 a.m. PST

"This unique diary, written by one of the thirty thousand Hessian troops whose services were sold to George III to suppress the American Revolution, is the most complete and informative primary account of the Revolution from the common soldier's point of view. Johann Conrad Döhla describes not just military activities but also events leading up to the Revolution, American customs, the cities and regions that he visited, and incidents in other parts of the world that affected the war. He also evaluates the important military commanders, giving readers an insight into how the enlisted men felt about their leaders and opponents.

Private Döhla crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1777 as a private in the Ansbach-Bayreuth contingent of Hessian mercenaries. His American sojourn began in June 1777 in New York. Then, after several months on Staten Island and Manhatten, the Ansbach-Bayreuth regiments traveled to the thriving seaport of Newport, Rhode Island, where they spent more than a year before the British forces evacuated the area….."


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Personal logo 7th Va Cavalry Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 9:53 a.m. PST

A great book. Bruce has many translated titles which are equally interesting. I had the opportunity to work with him just before he passed. A truly nice man who was very compassionate about his work.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 11:37 a.m. PST



Jeffers18 Oct 2018 12:22 p.m. PST

It's a fascinating read. I bought my copy from the park shop in Yorktown and brought it back to the UK. After a few years I sold it on eBay to somebody in Virginia!

Virginia Tory16 Nov 2018 7:44 p.m. PST

That is a good one. Got it in Yorktown back in 1993, my first year back in the US after 10 years in Germany.

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