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 Soldiers’ Battles (The).Soldiering. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Soldiers of Fortune.
Chevaliers de l’industrie; men who live by their wits. Referring to those men in mediæval times who let themselves for hire into any army.   1
        “His father was a soldier of fortune, as I am a sailor.”—Sir W. Scott: The Antiquary, chap. xx.

 Soldiers’ Battles (The).Soldiering. 

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