German Jagers

  • General History
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Raised in 1632, "Jagers" were professional Hunters and Rangers with special skill sets. William V realized a need for these "unorthodox" types of troops and incorporated The Jager into his Army. Jagers were proven experts with muskets and rifles. They were used as Scouts and Skirmishers. Most Germanic Countries incorporated a form of Jagers into their military at this time. Being expert riflemen, they received first choice of new rifle and muskets innovations. They wore a Green uniform coat with Red facing to distinguish themselves from other units. They less equipment than a standard Infantry Unit (to enhance their mobility). They also carried a personal sword and several fighting knives. The Hessian Infantry (professional Mercenaries) were an off-branch of The Jagers. Jagers were seen and used in most Germanic battles and wars from the 16th to the 20th Centuries. A specialized rifle, called "The Jager Rifle" was developed and named in their honor.