Eagle Knight

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  • Náhuatl: cuauhtli - eagle, plural cuacuauhtin.

Historically a Méxica soldier who had captured four or five enemies on the battlefield was named as a tequiua and could join the ranks of the Eagle or Jaguar Knight warrior societies. An Eagle Knight wore a distinctive 'eagle' helmet.

A member of these elite societies was known as a Cuahtlocelotl - an Eagle-Jaguar.

Eagle Knight wearing light combat armor including an armored mask styled as an eagle.

Elite Méxica soldier.

When assigned to guardservice duties standard equipment issued:

Eagle Knights

Méxica Term Meaning Rank Equivalent Army Rank
Cuauhtlatoani Eagle Speaker Major General Tlacoccalcatl
Cuauhpilli Noble Eagle Colonel Tlacateccatl
Cuauhtlahtoh Commanding Eagle Major Cuauhtlahtoh
Cuauhyahcatl Great Captain Captain Cuahyahcatl
Cuauhquichtli Eagle Warrior Lieutenant Yaotachcauh
Huey Cuauhtli Great Eagle Sergeant Major
Warrant Officer
Cuauheuhueh Eagle Elder Master Sergeant Cuauhhuehueh
Cuauhtli Eagle Sergeant Tequihuah
  • Some Eagle Knight ranks have been adopted as ordinary Army ranks. Insignia, uniform and equipment can be used to distinguish between Eagle and Army.
  • Eagle Knights are an elite forced recruited from the ranks of the Army and Marines. They do not include ranks below Sergeant.


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