Aug 8, 2015
In the bleak winter of 1777 the American Continental Army was in miserable condition. The enemy had scored decisiove victories in New York and at Brandywine and was warmly ensconsced in Philadelphia while Washington's beleagured troops, 10,000 of them, lacked food, clothing, and arms in their bleak encampment at Valley Forge. General Washington knew his troops must be trained and morale built in time for a springtime campaign, and he placed his trust in Baron Von Steuben, a brilliant Prussian officer that Ben Franklin, on assignment in France, had recruited for exactly that reason. One man, with no English speaking skills, two assistant translators, and an Italian greyhound named Azor, was going to shoulder the responsibility for training Washington's troops in three short months. The results were incredible, considering the challenge.