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About half of the German forces hired by the British during the American Revolution came from Hesse-Kassel, which was perhaps the premier ‘rent an army’ power in Europe at the time of the American Revolution. Hesse-Kassel was a small Landgraviate or principality with a population of about 275,000 people. They had very little Industry and the main occupation was subsistence farming. With few major sources of income, apart from meager taxation, Hesse-Kassel (where men and women were both large and fertile) turned to renting out regiments of soldiers to richer countries. The scheme worked.

By the mid-1700s, Britain was paying Kassel a massive retainer to ensure the availability of 12,000 Hessians whenever needed. Other countries also did much the same, and the influx of foreign money into the coffers of the ruling prince did much to increase Kassel’s wealth. This in turn was spent on improving education, medical care, social welfare, and expansion of trade. When the British requested 12,000 men for service in North America, they paid nearly 20 million Thalers to Kassel. Between 1776 and 1784 approximately 19,000 men were sent to North America by Kassel.

The troops themselves were relatively well paid, with a portion of their pay going directly to their families in the form of subsidies and bonuses. The rank and file, both conscripted and volunteers had to serve for 24 years, while officers signed up for 28. Under their own officers at battalion and divisional levels, the Hessians were well-led by professionals. At higher levels, they were subject to the leadership of the British, who did not always use them to their best advantage, leading to a number of disasters such as during Burgoyne’s expedition which culminated in his defeat at Saratoga. Hessian Jagers, riflemen recruited from hunting districts and bringing their own short rifles were very effective in countering American rangers and rifle-armed troops. The disciplined infantry of the line, musketeers, grenadiers, and fusiliers were effectively used in combat by the British. While British troops might sympathize with the enemy, who after all were Englishmen too, the Hessian troops did not and their aggressive tactics on the battlefield made them much feared.

They were not complete automatons and Hessian prisoners proved to be friendly with their captors. Nearly 3000 chose to stay in North America when the revolution came to an end.

Hessian troops were fairly balanced with the majority being line infantry (regiments having mostly musketeer companies with one each fusilier and grenadier company – flankers – each). Jaeger companies of riflemen were deployed as scouts and skirmish troops. There were some artillery units as well as cavalry—normally dragoons, though in the latter case they were often used as light infantry due to shortages of horses.

If the wretched Colonials who were all but beaten stayed beat, the embarrassment at Trenton wouldn’t have happened. They had no respect for the holidays.


Bullet Points:

* The US Nuclear Waste Tranny was fired – I know that you may be aware of its termination for theft, but I’m just putting it down for the record.

* Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit. – Carlin

* More Carlin – “Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, and the city halls. They’ve got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They’ve got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests.”

“Americans really show their ignorance when they say they want their politicians to be honest. What are these fuckin’ cretins talking about? If honesty were suddenly introduced into American life, the whole system would collapse!”

* Lay-Offs at the Jeep Plant – New jobs for Mexicans. Brandon did promise us that he didn’t work for us.

* An Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision –  In a major decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld a lower court on Friday that enjoined the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from forcing doctors with conscientious objections to performing gender transition surgeries. The case, Sisters of Mercy v. Becerra, concerns a 2016 rule that religious hospitals may be subject to non-discrimination provisions under the Affordable Care Act and that would require them to perform gender transitions.

Under Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the HHS and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that anti-discrimination provisions require doctors to perform and provide insurance coverage for gender transitions.

* USGOV is now supplying Tomahawk cruise missiles to Japan to counter the threat from China.

* “The chief concern,” Google’s liaison in the military warned the leaders of the repository, “is keeping this out of the press.”

* RFE/RL (h/t Claudio) “From what I know, Russians are only using infantry and artillery in the city. No tanks or heavy armored vehicles,” said Konrad Muzyka, a Poland-based defense analyst. “As to why I don’t have a clear answer. The bulk of the fighting is done by Wagner, so why not? It probably does not cost Russians that much.”

24 thoughts on “Hessians

  1. Despite wearing Pope-hats-with-a-pom-pom, everything I’ve ever learned indicates that the Hessians were solid troops.

    I think Carlin would probably be in a Gulag were he alive, today.


    1. Yes, Carlin’s death saved him a trip to the FEMA camp…or a plot in the cemetery next to Joan Rivers.

      The Hessians were solid, they rarely broke, and as noted, many chose to remain in North America after the war ended. The colonies offered them land and a new start.

      1. One of my ancestors was one of those stay-behinds. Ahead of the curve, actually. Some documentation has surfaced confirming the fambly legend that he defected to the American side by grunting like a pig when challenged by a sentry, one of his fellow Hessians, whilst crossing over.

        1. (I speak rusty German)…and it was said that the Hessian dialect of German at that time sounded like two pigs rutting…

  2. “forcing doctors with conscientious objections to performing gender transition surgeries”

    Compelling someone to do surgery on you seems like a bad idea. (Yes, I understand the threats of lawsuit and loss of licensure help keep the unwilling surgeon in line, but still.) I’m quite sure that enough surgeons can be found who’d willingly do sex changes. Plus you don’t want some random general surgeon doing sex surgeries as they are technically complicated. Serious training is involved to do an optimal job. It’s not like taking out a gall bladder.

    Therefore, this is not about meeting an unmet demand. This is about control and humiliation.

    1. As an amateur trail surgeon, I want to go on record as saying that even though unlicensed, I am willing to slice off the nuts of woke males for a few Krugerrands. If the blade slips and the whole assembly goes, oh, well. That’s what ‘practice’ is all about. To be fair, I’ve done it on cattle and sheep. The old men at the time bit them off the sheep. Now it’s all elastic bands. The woke don’t merit elastic bands, it seems too much like what they do for fun anyway. I could set up a tent on college campuses. I’d need to lay in a supply of Quick Clot, and bring my wet stone – don’t want to do it with a dull knife, do I? I’ll also need a stick for them to bite down on.

      1. PS – I’m sure that other bloggers would be willing to apprentice as amateur trail surgeons for the right price. We could start with the San Francisco-based universities. I’m sure that the former Twitter employees would be all over that – and the Google employees across the bay. Their insurance should cover it.

          1. I’m not offering to do it for free, but I am offering my skills, such as they are, for the benefit of bun boys/pajama boys who are tired of being men. I’m sure that and some of your neighbors who have ‘docked’ cattle and sheep could join me in my quest. Doing it for gold means that they can report their income to Pedo Joe as they are moved to do it.

          2. Every job is better with power tools, especially a cordless grinder with various wheels, really handy.

          3. They’re not as precise, but in this case, where precision is not needed and you want to conduct a volume business, you’re absolutely right. Get a power strip with a bunch of battery chargers burning.

          4. Or just plug them into your Ford F150 Lightning… might have to walk home after killing the main batteries, but it’s a small sacrifice to your community service for others needs. Plus you’ll have reduced everyones carbon footprint.

      2. In these still-days of COVIDiocracy, distance must be maintained. Therefore I will willingly use carefully sterilized slugs in my distance-castrator that looks suspiciously like a Remington 870. That way I can do deballing from 20 feet away…

  3. Reenacters. Wow, the bellies hanging over their trousers probably wouldn’t be seen in real Hessians.

    Stellantis. Every name badge under that brand is of poor quality. Jeep? JustEmptyEveryPocket. Fiat? FixItAgainTony. Sixteen, or fourteen brands depending on the source and all, IMO, less than stellar.

    Group Renault? Even worse.

    1. The reenactors are much older than the young men who shipped out for America at the behest of their prince. That may have something to do with it.

      You’ve spent your life in a position to know quality and the lack of same in automobiles.

      1. I’m no Toyota fan but, with exceptions, most likely the best of all along with Honda. Hyundai,Kia mostly better than average with a couple of engine choices prone to fires. Subaru, excepting Ascent, are decent to above average. Nothing GM makes I would buy other than a truck, and only with the Duramax. Ford? No, no turbos. Ram? So-so, damn expensive to fix.

        I personally dislike European cars in general. Hideous expensive to maintain and repair. If I had stupid money I’d buy a Morgan, just for the hell of it because I like how they look.

        On YouTube I like Car Wizard. The man is knowledgeable and a straight shooter.

        1. My 2007 Toyota FJ has been an excellent trail rig. I did modify it for that purpose but it’s been very solid. The 2014 Ford Raptor (V-8, steel I-Beam) has likewise been excellent. I’m not a Ford guy, but I must acknowledge a superior ride. Day to day, I drive Hondas. I have a 2021 Passport (gas engine V-6) that has been outstanding like the Accord before it.

  4. Honesty in government – he makes a govt collapse sound like a bad thing 🙂
    After WWII a number of German POWs stayed, or tried to stay, in the US. Some worked for my grandfather and they asked him to put in a good word for them, to help them stay in the area.

    1. Yes, a significant number of German POWs stayed in the US. Good, smart, hard-working guys.

  5. “Gender Affirming Care” is big business. That’s why surgical clinics, BigPharma, psychiatrists/psychologists, hospitals and medical centers are providing this “Service” all over the country. It’s all about the Benjamin’s. Everyone is getting rich with after-the-sale maintenance and follow-up treatments. It’s a cash cow on steroids.

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