Literally meaning "huntsmen," Jagers were light infantry members who were originally foresters and gamekeepers recruited by Frederick the Great in response to trouble he was having with Austrian light infantry.

In the American war, Jagers were expert marksman who performed special reconaissance missions, fought in trenches at sieges, and harassed American defenses. Some of them fought from horseback. Jagers came to be known as "greencoats" due to the color of their uniforms.

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