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Soldier of Fortune magazine was founded in 1975, by Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, (Ret.) Robert K. Brown, and a Green Beret who served with Special Forces in Vietnam. After retiring from active duty, Brown began publishing a “circular”, magazine-type publication with few pages, which contained information on mercenary employment. Brown’s small circular soon evolved into a glossy, large-format, full-color magazine.

Significant to the early development of SOF was its unprecedented, successful recruitment of foreign nationals to serve in the Rhodesian Security Forces, during the Rhodesian Bush War (1964–79). During the late 1970’s and the 1980’s, the success and popularity of a military magazine such as SOF led to the proliferation of like magazines such as Survive, Gung Ho!, New Breed, Eagle, Combat Illustrated, Special Weapons and Tactics, and Combat Ready. SOF has been published by the Omega Group Ltd., in Boulder, Colorado. 

More recently, the April 2016 issue of Soldier of Fortune was the final print edition; further editions have only been distributed online.

100 Pages, eBook (PDF) format. Download link will be immediately emailed to you after checkout.

File size: 12.6 MB   


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James Jackson
SOF Nov 80

Good job scanning. All articles very readable.

Marcel Viljoen

Soldier of Fortune (Digital Magazine) - November 1980


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