providing a detailed overview of the Legion through a series of registers and lists, including a "Complete List of the Officers who were actually serving in the King's German Legion at the Dissolution of the Corps in 1816, arranged Regimentally" with notes on their later lives and careers, "List of Casualties in the Corps of Officers ... its Formation in 1803 to its Dissolution", summaries of the strength of the Legion at different times in its history, "Names of the Officers with Detachments in England", principally in Bexhill, with accompanying detail of troop movements from 1810 until the Legion's dissolution, also with transcripts of various official documents, large folio, 131 pages, plus blanks, dated 1833, half calf, with 11 pages of similar material (including some duplicates) loosely inserted
The King's German Legion was a prime example of the close link between Britain and Hanover forged by their shared monarch: it was a unit of the British Army formed of expatriate Hanoverians who fled their homeland on its occupation by the French in 1803, in order to continue to fight for their King, George III. The Colonel in Chief was HRH Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge, who after the liberation of Hanover was appointed viceroy, where he remained until 1837.
This manuscript tells the history of the Legion through lists and registers. It was a sizeable unit (29,350 men served in the Legion from its formation to its dissolution) with its main English base at Bexhill in Sussex, which - as the list of casualties attests - played a significant part in the Peninsular War, the 1813 German campaign including the battle of the Göhrde, and at Waterloo.
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