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European Mercenaries (Light Horse) 1/72 Scale Plastic Model Kit Red Box 72054

Theme: Military

Era : 1501-1799

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Figures

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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A mercenary is a person who enters into an armed conflict not for ideological, national, political reasons (and does not belong to an ideological group in one way or another interested in the outcome of the conflict) and not in accordance with military duty, but for personal gain.
The mercenary does not serve in the armed forces of any state - both a participant in the conflict and not a participant. Employees of the armies, navy and aviation, formed on a voluntary basis, are not considered mercenaries. Since the 20th century, mercenaries have increasingly been perceived as having less rights to the protection of the laws of war than non-mercenaries. Indeed, the Geneva Conventions state that mercenaries are not recognized as lawful combatants and do not need to be afforded the same legal protections as captured members of the regular army.
Mercenary has been known since ancient times. "Anabasis" of Xenophon (first half of the 4th century BC) describes the history of the Greek mercenaries of Cyrus the Younger, a pretender to the throne of the Persian state. Greeks from the same city-states fought in the army of Darius III, and in the army of Alexander the Great who fought with him.
In the Middle Ages, one of the first mercenaries was the Vikings, who were hired into the personal guard of the Byzantine emperors. So, the future king of Norway, Harald III, was the head of the emperor's guard.