The Great Company of Germany was a 14th Century Mercenary Organization which operated mostly in Italy. The Company was composed of Heavy Cavalry (Armored) and would set the style for future ''Condottieri'' Units during many of The Italian Civil Wars of The Renaissance Era.
At their height, The Company was roughly 12,000 Men at Arms. They began to amass great political power as well in many of the Upper Regions of Italy, rivaling even those that hired them.
The Great Company held sway until 1363 when they fought legendary Mercenary John Hawkwood and his White Company. The German Company suffered over 50% casualties including the death of their Commander. After the battle, survivors simply left Italy for Germany and The Great Company was never formed again.