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General Slade
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According to Robin May in the Osprey The British Army in North America 1775-1783 the German jagers were “the élite marksmen of the British armies in America” and “were every bit at home in the woods as their American counterparts”.

This means that they could be used rather differently than the British light troops who, Matthew Spring argues in With Zeal and Bayonets Only, were often used as ‘shock troops’ on the battlefield, making use of bayonet charges to dislodge the enemy.

Essentially, on the battlefield, the jagers performed  a traditional skirmishing role while the combined light battalions were often used in much the same way as the combined grenadier battalions.

It’s worth noting that the jagers didn’t carry bayonets so I think the British generally reckoned to support them with regular infantry so they had bayonet-armed troops to form back on if the need arose.