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Yeah, I’d rate the German troops as slightly less reliable than British regulars. A few years ago I had a ‘Hessian’ period and reading through several translated diaries and other books I got the impression that most of the German states who sent mercenaries tended to send their less dependable regiments sometimes full of new ‘recruits’. Tales abound of impressing the riff-raff and sending them away to war. The German desertion rate in America seemed to be considerably higher than the British, too. Of course, most of the petty German states were still emulating the Prussia of Frederick the Great so discipline was harsh to keep the rank and file in line and I think this made them fairly effective combat troops, though not as flexible as the British. Jaegers, of course, seem to be the exception to this.

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