Baron von Steuben drilling American recruits at Valley Forge in 1778, by Edwin Austin Abbey, 1911.
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Baron von Steuben pointing at soldiers and instructing them at the snow covered camp.

Credit: Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee and Hunt Commercial Photography

Baron von Steuben, a former officer of the Prussian Army, was called upon to train soldiers at Valley Forge. He believed in drilling the soldiers himself, an unusual idea at the time, but his techniques proved effective in future combat.

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