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Infantry
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1. Definition and etymology

Of the three land-based branches of the military, the cavalry was characterized by its speed and the momentum of its charge, the artillery by its large-caliber projectiles and long-distance efficacy, and the infantry was comparatively easy to muster, could be armed economically, and employed tactics that were largely independent of the terrain. Since if necess…

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Kloosterhuis, Jürgen, “Infantry”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021376>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124



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