The King's German Legion (2)
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next military encounter for the legion was when its light
troops were sent to Ireland in 1806 and it came against local
militiamen following an attack on a small party of KGL.
scrap descended into a bloody skirmish as the KGL withstood
musket fire from the militia before charging in with bayonets.
followed an a short-lived alliance with Sweden in Pomerania
and the British expedition against Denmark.
was perhaps in the Peninsular
War that the KGL achieved their greatest fame as a reliable
component of the Duke of Wellington's
KGL cavalry was particularly admired and won undying fame
at Garcia Hernandez when it
broke formed French infantry squares with no support.
major clashes involving the King's Germans included the retreat
to Corunna, Talavera,
de Onoro, Albuera, the
sieges at Ciudad Rodrigo and
Badajoz, and Salamanca.
the 100 Days' Campaign,
the KGL provided 7000 troops at Waterloo
and possibly their most crucial fight occurred at La Haye
Sainte where Major George Baring held the vital strongpoinbt
until his men had exhausted their ammunition and retreated
only when in danger of being overwhelmed.
the 400 KGL in La Haye Sainte, only 42 were able to continue
December 1815, the KGL was officially disbanded, but many
troops rejoined the Hanoverian army and kept the military
history of the renowned unit alive.
up some 28,000 men served with distinction in the KGL and,
at its height, the legion had more than 14,000 much-needed
professional soldiers under its control.
other ally gave Britain such dependable and valuable support.