Definitions for landsknechtGer. ˈlɑntsˌknɛxt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a European mercenary foot soldier of the 16th century, armed with a pike.
Category: Western History
Origin of landsknecht:
1820–30; < G
The German Landsknechte, meaning "servants of the land", were colourful mercenary soldiers with a formidable reputation who took over the Swiss forces' legacy and became an important military force of the late 15th and throughout 16th century Europe. Consisting predominantly of German and Swiss mercenary pikemen and supporting foot soldiers, they achieved the reputation for being the universal mercenaries of early modern Europe.
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