Hessian (soldier)

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The Hessians were the approximately 30,000 German troops hired by the British to help fight during the American Revolution.[1] A treaty in early 1776 between Lord North and the Landgrave of Hesse-Cassel brought 12,000 soldiers under British command.[2][3]

They were an early form of contract soldiers.[4]


  1. Hessians - George Washington's Mount Vernon
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  3. The History of Lord North's Administration, to the Dissolution of the 13th Parliament of Great Britain
  4. Hessians: The Best Armies Money Could Buy