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The Hessians: George III's German Mercenaries

How We Became America: The Untold Story

The Hessians were one of the most feared armies in 18th Century Europe. This elite group of soldiers from modern-day Germany traveled to America to fight for the British in the Revolutionary War. But more than 3,000 of their number never returned home, ending a century-long Hessian history as troops for hire. (Runtime 2:34)

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