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Motivation of German Auxiliary Forces

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In his intriguing study, Bayonets of the Republic: Motivations and Tactics in the Army of Revolutionary France, 1791-94 (Chicago and Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1984), John A. Lynn provides a fascinating account of how the French molded their l’Armée du Nord into an effective military unit.

Has this type of study been performed on the German auxiliary units (the Hanoverians and Hessians) that faced the l’Armée du Nord in 1793 and 1794? The letters of the English princes (Frederick, Adolphus, and Ernest) during this time mention the problems of German soldiers hastily recruited and marched off to war without much training or discipline, which sounds like the Frenchmen they faced. Unfortunately, I haven’t found any in depth study of the Germans like Lynn did with the French. If anyone knows of some good sources on this subject, would you be kind enough to recommend them to me?

Thanks for your consideration in this matter. Take care and God bless!

Chuck White

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