The “Hessians” were German auxiliaries in the 1700’s, contracted…

The “Hessians” were German auxiliaries in the 1700’s, contracted for military service by the British government. They took their name from the German state of Hessen-Kassel, where many of them originated. The British hired them for combat in several 18th century conflicts, but they’re mostly associated with combat operations in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). About 30,000 Germans fought for the British during that war, making up 25% of the troops the British sent to America. They entered the British service as entire units, fighting under their own flags, commanded by their usual officers, wearing their existing uniforms. The largest contingent came from the state of Hessen, which supplied about 40% of the German troops who fought for the British. This led to the use of the term Hessians to refer to all German troops fighting on the British side, a form of synecdoche. The rest were rented from other German states. Patriots presented them as foreign mercenaries with no stake in America. Many of the men were press-ganged into Hessian service. Deserters were executed or beaten. Hessian prisoners of war were put to work on local farms.

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Favorite German WordsDas Fingerspitzengefühl = literally, “finger tips feeling”. A kind…

Favorite German Words

Das Fingerspitzengefühl = literally, “finger tips feeling”. A kind of keen feeling, intuition combined with sensitivity and diplomacy. To have Fingerspitzengefühl is to go by instinct, based on one’s own situational awareness. The ability to respond to things appropriately and tactfully. The concept may be applied to diplomats and politicians in tricky (international) situations, to the bearers of bad news who manage to soften the blow, to describe a person’s ability to respond calmly to an escalated situation. It might be used to describe the instinctive play of a football player, who simply knows what to do in certain situations. An intuitive quality that enables a person to negotiate tricky social situations and helps with military strategy.

Hey, I was a student in Bamberg last year, and the barracks is mostly used as a site for events. For example, there was an art installation and festival there while I lived in Bamberg

Very interesting, thank you. I was wondering about that. Bamberg tag: http://willkommen-in-germany.tumblr.com/search/bamberg

To all the heroes! #Beer #CraftBeer #DrinkCraft #CraftBrew…

To all the heroes!

#Beer #CraftBeer #DrinkCraft #CraftBrew #instabeer #beerstagram #MemorialDay #military #army #navy #airforce #marines #remember #brewtography #RevolutionBrewing

Remaining US Military bases in Germany. According to Wikipedia,…

Remaining US Military bases in Germany. According to Wikipedia, there are 37 U.S. Military bases left in Germany. 216 former installations have already been closed.

The Krupp family is a prominent 400-year-old German dynasty from…

The Krupp family is a prominent 400-year-old German dynasty from Essen in the industrial Ruhrpott area, known for their production of steel, artillery, ammunition, and other armaments. The family business Friedrich Krupp AG was the largest company in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. It was important to weapons development and production in both world wars. In 1999 the Krupp company merged with the German Thyssen AG to form ThyssenKrupp AG, now Germany’s 5th-largest company and one of the largest steel producers in the world.  

Friedrich Krupp (1787–1826) first launched the family’s metal-based activities, building a pioneering steel foundry in Essen in 1810. His son Alfred (1812–87), known as “the Cannon King” or as “Alfred the Great”, invested heavily in new technology to become a significant manufacturer of steel rollers (used to make eating utensils) and railway tires. He also invested in fluidized hotbed technologies (e.g. Bessemer process) and acquired many mines in Germany and France. Unusual for the era, he provided social services for his workers, incl. subsidized housing & health and retirement benefits. The company began to make steel cannons in the 1840s—especially for the Russian, Turkish, and Prussian armies. Low non-military demand and government subsidies meant that the company specialized more and more in weapons: by the late 1880s the manufacture of armaments represented around 50% of Krupp’s total output. When Alfred started with the firm, it had 5 employees. At his death, it was 20,000, making it the world’s largest industrial company and the largest private company in the German Empire. Read more.