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Landwehr

[lahnt-veyr] /ˈlɑntˌveɪr/
noun
1.
(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.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; < German, equivalent to Land country, land + Wehr defense; see weir
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  • The Landwehr were mostly untrained and unequipped when they arrived in belgium.
Word Origin and History for Landwehr

landwehr

n.

German military reserves, from German Landwehr, from Old High German lantweri, from lant "land" (see land (n.)) + weri "protection" (see weir).

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