Landsturm

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Landsturm A general levy in time of war.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n landsturm In Germany, Switzerland, etc., a general levy in time of war.
    • n landsturm The force so called out, or subject to call. In Germany it includes all males between the ages of 17 and 45 who are capable of bearing arms and are not already enrolled or serving in some branch of the army or navy. It is divided into two classes: the first, organized in 293 battalions, comprises all able-bodied men not already in the army or navy up to the age of 39; the second class includes all others up to the age of 45. In Austria the landsturm consists of men who have passed the landwehr and are bound to this service further for 10 years. Men who have served as officers in the regular army or the landwehr are liable for service in the landsturm also up to the age of 60. The landsturm of Switzerland comprises every male citizen between the ages of 17 and 50 not otherwise serving in the army. A landsturm is never expected to cross the frontier, and is called on only in cases of emergency.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Landsturm lant′stōōrm in Germany and Switzerland, a general levy in time of national emergency—in the former including all males between seventeen and forty-five: the force so called out.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G. See Land; Storm
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ger., land, land, sturm, alarm.

Usage

In literature:

At the station platform, where the ornament of the Landsturm saved me all the trouble about tickets, I could not see my companion.
"Greenmantle" by John Buchan
But the Captain of the Landsturm was there to formulate their mute protest.
"The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" by Vicente Blasco Ibanez
Even her professional eye no longer distinguished regiment from regiment, dragoon from grenadier, Uhlan from Hussar or Landsturm.
"The Lost Road" by Richard Harding Davis
Hence His Majesty has ordered the mobilization of the Landsturm.
"What Germany Thinks" by Thomas F. A. Smith
Even her professional eye no longer distinguished regiment from regiment, dragoon from grenadier, Uhlan from Hussar or Landsturm.
"Somewhere in France" by Richard Harding Davis
He had that peculiar look of the officers of the Landsturm threatened with premature obesity.
"The Adventures of a Special Correspondent" by Jules Verne
LANDSTURM, the name given to the last reserve in the German army, which is never called out except in time of war.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
At Linz, the landsturm were mustered to fire a volley, as the victory of Leipzig was celebrated for two or three days in most parts of Germany.
"A tour through some parts of France, Switzerland, Savoy, Germany and Belgium" by Richard Boyle Bernard
A big, bearded Landsturm man with a kind face was at the pigeon-hole.
"The Man with the Clubfoot" by Valentine Williams
The Siemens-Schuckert Works, even before the Landsturm was called out, lost 40 per cent.
"New York Times Current History: The European War, Vol 2, No. 1, April, 1915" by Various
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