TheInsane wrote:By the way. Does anyone know what the difference is between the Swiss, and Germans?
Up to the Burgundian wars (and actually two more decades) the Swiss were formally part of the Empire. When they declared war upon Charles the Bold, they nominally did so because the Emperor commanded them (he actually did, as Charles had invadec the Empire and besieged Neuss for a full year).
Anyway, you probably mean the difference between Landsknechts and Swiss. The Landsknechts were formed around 1487 by Maximilian - the later Emperor and then duke of Burgund - and using Swiss to train mainly German mercenaries to fight in their style, ie. with massive pike blocks. The Flandern contingents that had won him the battle of Guinegate against the French knights in 1479 had proven to be unreliable, and many cities were in almost constant revolt against his rule. At the start, there was not that much of a difference between Swiss and German mercenaries, though the Swiss levies naturally were different in motivation and style.
The major break came in 1499, with the Swabian wars between the Swiss and the Swabian league. There were a couple of bitter battles between large hosts, usually with the Swiss coming out winning. The Swiss habit of taking no prisoners created bad blood that never went away between these factions, and rarely would later engagements between blocks of Landksnechts and Swiss be fought with quarter given or asked. Novarra, Marignano, Bicocca and Pavia were later engagements with bitter struggles - and despite being usually recognized as the better soldiers, the Swiss lost in the latter three vs. Landsknechts.
In appearance the Swiss started out with the larger swagger. The main visible difference would be the swiss cross - with vertical and horizontal lines - cut into their clothing, while the Landsknechts had the Andrews cross - from the Burgundian cross, which became via Maximilian an Imperial symbol. The sideweapon of the Landsknecht was indeed the "Katzbalger", which you should translate into "cat fighter" - balgen = fighting. If you have ever seen two cats trying to kill each other regardless of the cost, you know what they mean - the idea was that this was the style of fighting you had when the blocks of pikes clashed. The Swiss had the "Schweizerdolch" instead for the infighting, and often wore swords.
In contemporary illustrations from 1510-1530 its often hard to decide wether Swiss or Landsknechts are depicted, until you look for the details. Generally the Swiss were more famous for wearing feathers, including the ostrich (no idea where they got these). After around 1530 the appearances start to differ more, with the Landsknechts getting even more flamboyant, with the worst excessed of the Pluderhosen still out a couple of decades.