(in Germany, Austria, etc.) the part of the organized military forces of a nation that has completed a certain amount of compulsory training, and whose continuous service is required only in time of war.

1805–15; < German, equivalent to Land country, land + Wehr defense; see weir Unabridged
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The landwehr were mostly untrained and unequipped when they arrived in belgium.
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