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Swiss mercenaries (Reisläufer) were notable for their service in foreign armies, especially the armies of the Kings of France, from the Later Middle Ages into the Age of the European Enlightenment. Their service as mercenaries was at its peak during the Renaissance, when their proven battlefield capabilities made them sought-after mercenary troops. There followed a period of decline, as technological and organizational advances counteracted the Swiss' advantages.

Swiss mercenaries (Reisläufer) were notable for their service in foreign armies…

Bashi-bazouk or bashibazouk (Turkish literally "damaged head", meaning "free headed", "leaderless", "disorderly") was an irregular soldier of the Ottoman army. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Bashi-bazouk or bashibazouk (Turkish literally "damaged head", meaning "free…

Swiss Karrer Regiment (France), 1750's.

Swiss Karrer Regiment (France), Most illustrations show a scarlet coat with pale bright blue sleeves, waistcoat and trousers.

NAP- France: French Grenadier of Napoleon's Irish Legion 1803 - 1815, by A. Croft.

Legion Irlandaise (Napoleon's Irish Legion) 1803 - 1815 in The Napoleonic Period Forum

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