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Uniforms of the Hessen-Hannau troops in North America during the American War of Independence

In 1776, Hessen-Hannau sent a battalion from the Erbprinz Regiment, and a company of artillery. This was followed by a battalion of Jaegers in 1777, and finally by a "Frei Battalion" in 1781.

Hannau Erbprinz regiment as depicted in the Germann drawings

The Erbprinz Regiment was sent to Canada, accompanied the Burgoyne expedition and was surrenedered at Saratoga in 1777. The regiment surrendered with 527 men. The artillery company surrendered with 82 men.

The Jaeger battalion was sent to Canada served the entire war on the frontier between Canada and the United States. More information, including changes made to their uniform in America, can be found on the Hannau Jagers website.

The Frei battalion was sent to New York city, where it was reported as suffering greatly from sickness, losing one third of its men.

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