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A hundred is a military or police unit with around one hundred members.


Even the Roman army was divided since its inception in each of a centurion commanded Zenturien , which translates to "hundred" means (from Latin centum "hundred"); however, Roman Centuries usually consisted of fewer than 100 men. The Teutons , too , often fought in hundreds, which consisted of free people and were led by Hunni . Military training and exercise also took place in these formations. Hundreds of this kind, also known as huntare , were organized according to village communities, which facilitated cohesion and social control, and existed in rural areas until the Middle Ages as an organizational form of free farmers (e.g. in today's Switzerland ). In Scandinavia this classification as Harde has survived to the present day. The Mongolian warlords divided their troops into decadal units (hundreds, thousands and ten thousand) . The Turkish army was traditionally divided into units of one hundred men, commanded by a Yüzbaşi ("Hundertschaftsführer"), which is still the Turkish rank for a captain today . In the Spanish Civil War , the International Brigades were divided into Centuries. In the fighting groups of the working class , which were disbanded in 1989, a hundred were commanded by a hundred commander.


Today the hundred has largely disappeared as a term of a military unit, but lives with the police forces of many countries continues, often through so-called application Hundreds have for large-scale operations (such as at football matches or demonstrations). They exist, for example, in the German federal police and the riot police, as well as in some state police forces (also called call or alarm hundreds here). The Swiss cantonal police also have hundreds.

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