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British Troops:
In 1775, 8,000 British troops were stationed in America; by war's end, there were 56,000 -- more than half the king's army. Persistent recruiting shortfalls meant that paupers and felons often filled the ranks; upper-class gentlemen served as officers.
British regiments were drilled and beaten into disciplined fighting units. Grenadiers -- so named because they once lobbed hand grenades with lighted fuses -- were the regiment's elite, proud that they "knew no doubts or fears."
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