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"Hesse is a region of Germany. During the 18th century, many Hessian soldiers were 'rented' out by their leader Frederick II - most notably to fight for Great Britain during the American Revolution. Since by this period muskets had rendered metal armor all but useless, the Hessian cavalry fought as 'hussars,' lightly-armored cavalry designed to scout enemy positions, harass skirmishers and artillery, and rout faltering infantry units. After the American Revolution the British used Hessian troops in Northern Ireland, which they probably didn't enjoy much either."