What would be the best way to describe soldiers with which you did not serve directly in this sentence:

“who plans a similar attack to avenge his colleagues, annihilated in the false war that followed...”

I found compatriots or comrades. Any other one-word ideas?

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    brothers in arms
    – Drew
    Mar 24, 2017 at 17:04

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Comrades in arms comes to mind, or as suggested earlier, brothers in arms.

Just re read your question and realized you were looking for one word. In that case I'd go with comrades or compatriots. If they were sailors, shipmates.


Peers? You could add the nationality to add context eg "his German peers".

"A person who is the same age or has the same social position or the same abilities as other people in a group" (Cambridge Dictionary)

  • They are US soldiers - You have answered my other question (9/11 psychiatrist) from which came this one. Comrades gets a bigger hit on Google Ngram. Is there any other word that would be a better pick as a synonym for US ground troops then comrades or compatriots?
    – Syk
    Mar 25, 2017 at 12:16
  • I think in that sense comrades or compatriots are the best, most synonyms will fall short somehow. It might be best to source out a veteran somewhere and ask them how they refer to their fellow soldiers.
    – Keith
    Mar 25, 2017 at 17:55

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