An official who pays troops or workers.
- Initially, most Afghan warlords regarded the Special Forces merely as paymasters, and were reluctant to let them go to the front lest they be injured or killed.
- This has been a common occurrence throughout history - military parades were originally designed to prove to the paymasters that the troops actually existed and were properly equipped.
- Minor German states, meanwhile, were more prepared than ever to hire out troops to paymasters in London.
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