from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. (Historical) In Germany, Austria, Switzerland, etc., that part of the organized national forces of which continuous service is not required except in time of war.
There stood together under the leadership of the son of the Bavarian King and fought, with equal blades, troops of all ages, active, reservists, and landwehr.
All the old soldiers were to be recalled into the service; the forest-keepers and their assistants were to be armed, and from these elements the landwehr was to be organized, and intrusted with the special task of defending the fortresses.
I looked upon them with unqualified respect, and said to my young companion, that if all the landwehr regiments be composed of similar materials, Prussia can have nothing to apprehend from any hostile movement on the part either of Austria, or of France.
‘Landwehr’ translates from German as ‘territorial army.’