A company of Brunswick Jägers were part of the German mercenary forces that accompanied british General Burgoyne on his attempt to separate New England from the rest of the colonies by attacking down the Hudson River valley to link up with forces from Occupied New York.
The Jägers, from the forests of Germany, were thought to be a good countermeasure to the American Riflemen and their skirmishing tactics. The Brunswick Jägers fought at Bemis Heights, Freeman’s Farm and eventually surrendered with the rest of Burgoyne’s force at Saratoga.
This NCO from the Jager Corps of the American Revolution is somewhat based upon plate number 126 in John Mollo’s “Uniforms of the American Revolution” a thoroughly researched and beautifully illustrated reference for many of the related uniforms.
The Brunswick forces were not of the calibre of the troops from Hesse-Cassel, but the Jäger companies were always considered as elite forces. They wore the oversize tricorn hat, the forest green coat with red turn backs and carried the short rifle and straight hunting knife. Their cut down military rifle was lightweight and with only a 29″ barrel, easily wielded with deadly accuracy in the heavy forests of North America. These rifles are well and accurately depicted in the art and historical artifact collection of Don Troiani. The Jager’s high hunting boots and deerskin breeches further helped them blend into the woodlands of the new world.