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From the Italian lanzia spezzata, literally meaning "broken lance" or "broken spear", this term denotes a seasoned soldier who is not a part of a lances fournies (a medieval military unit comprised of an armored horseman and his supporting retinue, totaling about 5-10 men).


lancepesade ‎(plural lancepesades)

  1. A grade within the rank of private, either assigned as assistants to corporals or performed the duties of corporals themselves.
  2. A grade within the rank of corporal; also called lance corporals.

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