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landsknecht

landsknecht  

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ˈläntsˌknekhtn.a member of a class of mercenary soldiers in the German and other continental armies in the 16th and 17th centuries.
mercenaries

mercenaries  

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N.a professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army.late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin mercenaruis ‘hireling,’ from merces, merced- ‘reward.’
reiter

reiter  

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(Ger., horseman, though the word was conscripted straight into English and converted into the French reître).The reiter was an armoured cavalryman of the 16th and 17th centuries, German in ...
siege of La Rochelle

siege of La Rochelle  

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(September 1627–October 1628).In one of the most famous sieges of French history, an army led by Louis XIII and his first minister, Cardinal Richelieu, took the Protestant seaport of ...
Special Air Service

Special Air Service  

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(SAS),British special forces unit formed in October 1941 by Lt David Stirling (1912–90) from members of Layforce. It came directly under the C-in-C Middle East, General Auchinleck, who was ...

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