landsturm

landsturm

[German lahnt-shtoorm]
noun (in certain European countries)
1.
a general draft of people in time of war.
2.
the force so drafted or subject to such draft, consisting of all who are capable of bearing arms and not in the army, navy, or Landwehr.

Origin:
1805–15; < German: literally, land storm

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Landsturm (ˈlantʃtʊrm)
 
n
1.  a reserve force; militia
2.  a general levy in wartime
 
[C19: literally: landstorm; originally a summons to arms by means of storm-warning bells]

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