Mural of War (1896), by Gari Melchers
Leonardo da Vinci's Profilo di capitano antico, also known as il Condottiero, 1480. Condottiero meant "leader of mercenaries" in Italy during the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
The percentages of men killed in war in eight tribal societies, and Europe and the U.S. in the 20th century. (Lawrence H. Keeley, archeologist)
Private military contractor in Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan, 2006.
The Egyptian siege of Dapur in the 13th century BC, from Ramesseum, Thebes.
Turkish mercenary in Byzantine service c. 1436
Japanese samurai attacking a Mongol ship, 13th century
Landsknechte, etching by Daniel Hopfer, c. 1530.
Finnish soldiers during the Winter War.
A peasant begs a mercenary for mercy in front of his burning farm during the Thirty Years' War.
American tanks moving in formation during the Gulf War.
Frederick Russell Burnham in Africa
Soldiers of the Australian 4th Division equipped for chemical warfare in WWI, Ypres sector, 1917
White mercenaries fighting alongside Congolese troops in 1964
Global deaths in conflicts since the year 1400.
A banner on the wall of the office of the Mahdi Army in Al Diwaniyah, Iraq announcing the killing of one of the militia members in Syria
The Apotheosis of War (1871) by Vasily Vereshchagin
The remains of dead Crow Indians killed and scalped by Sioux c. 1874
Les Grandes Misères de la guerre depict the destruction unleashed on civilians during the Thirty Years' War.
Ruins of Warsaw's Napoleon Square in the aftermath of World War II
The Ottoman campaign for territorial expansion in Europe in 1566
Women and priests retrieve the dead bodies of Swabian soldiers just outside the city gates of Constance after the battle of Schwaderloh. (Luzerner Schilling)
Increasing population and constant warfare among the Maya city-states over resources may have contributed to the eventual collapse of the Maya civilization by AD 900.
Kuwaiti oil wells on fire, during the Gulf War, 1 March 1991
U.S. Marine helicopter on patrol in Somalia as part of the Unified Task Force, 1992
Median age by country. War reduces life expectancy. A youth bulge is evident for Africa, and to a lesser extent in some countries in West Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Central America.
U.S. soldiers directing artillery on enemy trucks in A Shau Valley, April 1968
U.S. Marines direct a concentration of fire at their opponents, Vietnam, 8 May 1968
Morning after the Battle of Waterloo, by John Heaviside Clark, 1816
In besieged Leningrad. "Hitler ordered that Moscow and Leningrad were to be razed to the ground; their inhabitants were to be annihilated or driven out by starvation. These intentions were part of the 'General Plan East'." – The Oxford Companion to World War II.
Anti-war rally in Washington, D.C., 15 March 2003

War is an intense armed conflict between states, governments, societies, or paramilitary groups such as mercenaries, insurgents, and militias.

- War

A mercenary, sometimes known as a soldier of fortune or hired gun, is a private individual, particularly a soldier, who takes part in military conflict for personal profit, is otherwise an outsider to the conflict, and is not a member of any other official military.

- Mercenary
Mural of War (1896), by Gari Melchers

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