The World's Most Powerful Mercenary Armies

pmaitra

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2009
Messages
33,270
Likes
19,493
LTTE was the most powerful mercenary guerrilla force....
Nope. They were Sri Lankan Tamils fighting for a Tamil homeland. They were fighting for their own land. They were not mercenaries.

P.S.: I am not an LTTE supporter. I am very much against them.
 

KS

Bye bye DFI
Senior Member
Joined
Aug 3, 2010
Messages
8,008
Likes
5,755
I cant say the word mercenary for them as they have no Military training from Military, But tango themselves, there are Serbian and Russian Mercenary though..
Me too thinks they cannot be called mercenary as they are not money motivated but rather faith motivated. They fight for 72 virgins ,not greenbacks.

Regarding LTTE they were not fighting for money, but for their rights,dignity and a homeland. They might have been the most powerful guerilla force in their time and for a long time to come, but they are not mercs.
 
Last edited:

pmaitra

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2009
Messages
33,270
Likes
19,493
During the Azeri-Armenian War over Nagorno-Karabakh, there were Russian mercenaries fighting on both sides.
 

Kunal Biswas

Member of the Year 2011
Ambassador
Joined
May 26, 2010
Messages
31,123
Likes
40,568
There is large involvement of Russian origin Mercenary in European conflict zones area and above..
 

Kunal Biswas

Member of the Year 2011
Ambassador
Joined
May 26, 2010
Messages
31,123
Likes
40,568
Nope. They were Sri Lankan Tamils fighting for a Tamil homeland. They were fighting for their own land. They were not mercenaries.

P.S.: I am not an LTTE supporter. I am very much against them.
Adding to this:

Definition of Mercenary: A mercenary is anyone who serves merely for wages but usually a professional soldier.
 

Bangalorean

Ambassador
Joined
Nov 28, 2010
Messages
6,217
Likes
6,610
Country flag
Great photos and articles! :thumb:

The book by Frederick Forsyth, "The Dogs of War", is based on the life of mercenaries. Though it is fiction, it is very detailed and contains a lot of information on the life, ways, etc. of the mercenaries. It is based upon a true story, the life of a French mercenary operating in Congo.
 

Tshering22

Sikkimese Saber
Senior Member
Joined
Aug 20, 2010
Messages
4,673
Likes
3,505
He said Probably..

Swiss majority population have military background and they are very different and nice people..
French, Belgian, US, UK & German, Russian, other east Block have larger business in Mercenary thing..


Besides Swiss, Denmark and other Nordic countries are small and there part is very less in this business..
Mercenaries are more about Russians, east Europeans and Americans, more than any other countries. Rest all like to maintain a "police" role for their armies.
 

Singh

Phat Cat
Super Mod
Joined
Feb 23, 2009
Messages
20,312
Likes
8,373
Country flag
Pakistan Army is the world's most powerful mercenary army. Some of their prominent employers

1. Jordan - to kill Palestinians
2. Bahrain - for putting down Shiites (although not all were Pak army regulars)
3. KSA - recruited in the military and as bodyguards of the royal family,
4. UAE - recruited in the military
5. USA - to whoop Soviets
6. China - to pressurise India
7. Arabs - yom kippur war
etc
 

methos

Regular Member
Joined
Dec 22, 2011
Messages
799
Likes
302
Pakistan Army is the world's most powerful mercenary army. Some of their prominent employers

1. Jordan - to kill Palestinians
2. Bahrain - for putting down Shiites (although not all were Pak army regulars)
3. KSA - recruited in the military and as bodyguards of the royal family,
4. UAE - recruited in the military
5. USA - to whoop Soviets
6. China - to pressurise India
7. Arabs - yom kippur war
etc
You not liking the Pakistanis doesn't make them greedy dishonourable people. By your argumentation the U.S. army would also be a merceneray army.
 

sesha_maruthi27

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 15, 2010
Messages
3,907
Likes
1,611
Country flag
I think I.T.B.P. comes under the mercenaries as they were used during the 1971 war to get of the guerrilla terrorists.........

As they TIBETANS they may termed as mercenaries.........
 

pmaitra

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2009
Messages
33,270
Likes
19,493
You not liking the Pakistanis doesn't make them greedy dishonourable people. By your argumentation the U.S. army would also be a merceneray army.
BlackWater is mercenary, but not the US army. Gurkha Regiment (UK) is mercenary army. So was the French Foreign Legion. Nothing dishonourable about being a mercenary. A Nepali subject in the Indian Army will also be a mercenary, but we won't look down upon them because they are de facto, our own soldiers.

Again, many Pakistanis fight for a cause, i.e. Jihad, so one canot call them mercenaries either.

Regarding Tibetans, well, they (not all) are indeed refugees or children thereof, but if they are Indian citizens, they are no longer mercenaries.
 

Armand2REP

CHINI EXPERT
Senior Member
Joined
Dec 17, 2009
Messages
13,813
Likes
6,552
Country flag
If you are going to call the FFL a merc Army than it has to be the most powerful. Ex-Blackwater doesn't have the kind of hardware a formal army has. Next in line are the Gurkhas but they don't have the armour and size of the FFL.
 

W.G.Ewald

Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2
Professional
Joined
Sep 28, 2011
Messages
14,139
Likes
8,568
Correct me if I am wrong, but do not Legionaires swear allegiance to France, and would that not remove them from category of mercs?
 

pmaitra

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2009
Messages
33,270
Likes
19,493
Correct me if I am wrong, but do not Legionaires swear allegiance to France, and would that not remove them from category of mercs?
Technically, yes, but then, FFL were former criminals, murderers, terrorists, insurgents who were offered money and French citizenship if they agreed to fight for France. That swearing in ceremony was just that, ceremony. The primary motivation for FFL troops to fight was surely not their appreciation of French painting, music or history, but rather, greed, IMHO.

Anyways, there was a History Channel show that called the FFL a mercenary army, so I went by that.
 

Latest Replies

Global Defence

Articles

Top