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What soldiers eat in combat? (7)


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'combat?' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'what soldiers eat' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
'soldiers' could be 're' (Royal Engineers) and 're' is found in the answer.
This may be the basis of the clue (or it may be nonsense).

'in' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for warfare that I've seen before include "Campaigning" , "action" , "All-out fighting" , "Scraps, too, by the look of it" , "Strife" .)

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