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landsturm

[German lahnt-shtoo rm] /German ˈlɑntˌʃtʊərm/
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
1805-1815
1805-15; < German: literally, land storm
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Landsturm

/ˈlantʃtʊrm/
noun (in German-speaking countries)
1.
a reserve force; militia
2.
a general levy in wartime
Word Origin
C19: literally: landstorm; originally a summons to arms by means of storm-warning bells
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