the fortunes of war

the fortunes of war

The course and outcomes of war, whether good or bad. The brilliant mathematician managed to decipher the enemy's code, turning the fortunes of war in favor of the allied forces.
See also: fortune, of, war

the fortunes of war

the unpredictable events of war.
See also: fortune, of, war

fortunes of war

The results of combat or other competition (see also win some, lose some). This expression, at first meaning simply that the issue of battle is uncertain (as Cicero put it in Pro Milone, 52 b.c.), dates from the fifteenth century, when William Caxton used it in his version of one of Aesop’s fables (“fortune of warre”). Later it was transferred to other undertakings in which the outcome is not a certainty.
See also: fortune, of, war
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I do not wish to utilize the fortunes of war to humiliate an honored monarch.
"Hush, friend Sancho," replied Don Quixote, "the fortunes of war more than any other are liable to frequent fluctuations; and moreover I think, and it is the truth, that that same sage Friston who carried off my study and books, has turned these giants into mills in order to rob me of the glory of vanquishing them, such is the enmity he bears me; but in the end his wicked arts will avail but little against my good sword."
And in his final days, directing nonexistent armies, no fantasy was more persistent than that the fortunes of war could be turned at the last hour by an unforeseen technological breakthrough - a wonder weapon.
When the fortunes of war turned against Hitler, both Bandera and Shukevych turned against the Germans, and then in turn resisted the Soviets.
The legendary German U-boat killer, largely responsible for winning the Battle of the Atlantic, and turning the fortunes of war to Allied advantage, is immortalised in crew sweater, holding a pair of binoculars and looking out to sea.
Nor does he mention the diversion of resources from Wehrmacht fighting power owing to Hitler's mad preoccupation with the extermination of Jews, even as the fortunes of war turned against his forces.
War to Be Won: Fighting the Second World War, "The period between May 1942 and July 1943 witnessed a major shift in the fortunes of war" (303).
Seeing each battle expertly described by a team of historians, educators and re-enactors makes the reader keenly aware of just how precarious and elusive the fortunes of war were for all participants.
Chapter titles include, A House of Bad Fame, Bloomingdale, The Fortunes of War, and Murder Most Foul.
Step inside the only surviving Boeing 707 cockpit, see the Scottish Concorde, learn about life on an su Sc airbase - and sample the Fortunes of War. TICKETS: Adults PS10, children (five-16) PS5.
Although his wealth, and hence Tyneside's prosperity, derived in no small part from the fortunes of war, Armstrong seems to have been scrupulous in dealing with the government.
The fortunes of war in different parts of the country have helped to determine stock prices; although much of the country's industrial base has been destroyed, other parts have continued operating.
Madoc''s ability to give life to German villains also surfaced in the TV series The Fortunes of War, and in 1974 he played a corrupt priest in BBC Wales serial, Twm Sion Cati.
"Unfortunately, it is the fortunes of war," admitted Grossmith.
Highlights of the museum include the Fortunes of War gallery, which tells the story of the airfield's wartime past, while there is a parachute store, and some actual aircraft from the war, including a Vulcan bomber and a HAMPDEN EXPERIENCE COMEDIAN and Record columnist Des Clarke loves football.