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landsturm

[German lahnt-shtoorm]
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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.
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Origin of landsturm

1805–15; < German: literally, land storm
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Examples from the Web for landsturm

Historical Examples

  • "If you please," I said, handing him the landsturm certificate.

    A German deserter's war experience

    Anonymous

  • He gave me a landsturm certificate which was to identify me in case of need.

  • "Looking at your Landsturm," said Roy with all the deadly calm of his nation.

    Walking Shadows

    Alfred Noyes

  • Hence His Majesty has ordered the mobilization of the Landsturm.

    What Germany Thinks

    Thomas F. A. Smith

  • But the Captain of the Landsturm was there to formulate their mute protest.


British Dictionary definitions for landsturm

Landsturm

noun (in German-speaking countries)
  1. a reserve force; militia
  2. a general levy in wartime
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Word Origin

C19: literally: landstorm; originally a summons to arms by means of storm-warning bells
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