By the 1700s most Irishmen who left the island to serve as soldiers in the armies of continental Europe joined the Irish Brigade in the French Royal army. After the French army the next most popular destinations for Irish mercenaries were the armies of Spain and Austria. From 1750 service in the British army also became popular. However, throughout the eighteenth century a handful of determined and indeed talented Irish soldiers make the long and arduous journey east to join the Russian army and serve the Tsars.
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