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Thank you, Loren, for your improvements to the style of this article. I am afraid it was not one of my better efforts. :-) Dieter Simon 18:47, 6 Sep 2003 (UTC)

"The landsknechts owned [citations needed] the redoubtable Swiss mercenaries"

- the usage of the word "owned" is questionable


There are tons of woodcuttings of landsknechts out there -- surely we can do better than images of models of fantasy soldier models and computer game pictures. I'll dredge some images up and replace those with more historically appropriate ones. Larry Dunn 20:24, 20 December 2006 (UTC)

Thanks to Johnbod for adding the images -- I just moved one to the weapons area as it perfectly illustrates two of the unique Landsknecht weapons. Larry Dunn 17:07, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Thxs - Thus encouraged I've just stuck another Hopfer up, though it's not great as a thumb. What about the spotty but spectacular Holbein you put on Commons, with great caption? Johnbod 17:47, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

The image you added is not working for me right now -- I get a red x. The others are still working.
The Holbein I thought might be overkill, because it's already on several renaissance warfare pages, but I guess it could go. I've found a better (perhaps cleaned up?) version of the same image -- I wonder if I could actually 'replace the spotty one, using the same url?Larry Dunn 19:34, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
I had that once with the new image, but now it's ok - maybe its big & slow to load. If it is a problem for more people lets zap it. I don't know about replacing the pic - i'm sure it can be done, but don't know the ins & outs. Easier just to call it xxx2 I suspect, & edit the refs. Johnbod 19:40, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Some recent edits[edit]

I moved Tross down from a "see also" in Organization to a generic see also at the bottom, as it's not really particularly a part of organization per se. I also finally removed that horrid Games Workshop image, now that the lovely image of the standard bearer in battle has been added. Larry Dunn 20:43, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

I added the early 15th C terms for the clothing listed and added a link to the GermanRenCostume list on Yahoo. Cherylyn Crill-Hornsby 11:41, 2 October 2008 (PST) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)


(Sorry, no umlaut on my keyboard.) Richards' book Landsknecht Soldier says, on page 13, that the term means "double pay soldier," so I have inserted that instead of "double soldier" or "double mercenary," which terms make little sense in English. Larry Dunn 16:28, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

Take a look at your "my preferences" section under the "skin" tab you should be able to see if you are in "MonoBoock (default)" skin. If so should also see in "Editing" mode" below the "Save Page" command button a whole string of inserts, symbols or characters which will include the umlaut characters you are loking for.
Other than that try Wikipedia:How to edit a page, paragraph: 4.3 Character formatting, subheading: Diacritical marks. This will give you all the accents and umlauts you need. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Dieter Simon (talkcontribs) 00:27, 30 March 2007 (UTC). Dieter Simon 00:29, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
Thanks, Dieter, I hadn't noticed that -- what I meant was more in terms of adding umlauts on discussion pages, but now that I see them at the bottom of this page I will try to do so. Larry Dunn 19:26, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
'Söldner' today is the german word for mercenary, but 'Soldat'(soldier) is a descendant of 'Söldner'. If you think of the role of the landsknechts as mercenarys, then you should use 'double mercenary'.Arano (talk) 03:50, 10 February 2010 (UTC)

If there is no umlaut, then ä,ö,ü become ae, oe, ue. --Alex1011 (talk) 13:05, 16 August 2010 (UTC)

There are some contemporary sources (`Kriegsbücher´ - manuals on warfare), which define the `Doppelsöldner´ of the late 16th and early 17th century. Nevertheless: that nomination could also be explained another way. `Doppeln´ also ment a medieval kind of playing with two or more dices, which was forbidden for nearly everyone but those Landsknechte. Just to let You know.-- (talk) 12:20, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

Siege of Älvsborg[edit]

The notion that 1800 landsknecht slayed nearly 15 000 Swedish farmers is ridiculous, as that many men hardly ever partook in any of Swedish revolts. Even if it's just a quote from a soldier of that time, it adds nothing of value to the article. On the contrary, the landsknecht underperformed repeatedly in the Swedish Kalmar union rebellions which in the end would allow Sweden to secede from Denmark.

I will delete that section eventually if nobody protests. -- (talk) 01:32, 24 June 2013 (UTC)

Clothing Plagiarism[edit]

I've removed the clothing section as it appears to have been entirely plagiarized from Luca Stefano Cristini's The landsknechts: German militiamen from late XV and XVI century. --2604:6000:A640:2500:6CBE:8337:D76B:C03D (talk) 16:10, 11 February 2017 (UTC)