The British Army in America was very
dependent on German auxiliary troops drawn from the principalities of
Hesse-Cassel, Hesse-Hanau, Brunswick, Anhalt-Zerbst, Ansback-Beyreuth, and
Waldeck. All supplied infantry and artillery, but Brunswick also supplied a
cavalry regiment. Of all the German units, those from Hesse-Cassel were
said to have been the best equipped and uniformed. The Regiment v.
Ditfurth arrived at Staten island, New York in 1776 and took part in the
battle for Long Island. As was the practice, the grenadier company was
detached to form part of the 3rd Grenadier Battalion. The Regiment saw
service at the 2nd Siege of Charleston and returned home shortly after the
town was evacuated in December, 1782.
[SOURCE: R. J. Marrion.
Fellow of The Company of Military Historians of America. Uniforms
of the American War of Independence. A series of 24 collector
cards. Victoria Gallery, London, England. 1992.]