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 SoldierSoldiers’ Battles (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Soldier’s Heart.
A complaint common in the English army, indicated by a weak voice and great feebleness of the chest, for which soldiers are discharged. It is said to be the result of the present system of drill, which enforces expansion of the chest by restraining free breathing.   1

 SoldierSoldiers’ Battles (The). 

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