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15 The WWII Poems of Sapper John Frederick Smith

15 The WWII Poems of Sapper John Frederick Smith

Update: 2017-07-24
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In April 1940 John went to France with the British Expeditionary Force as a sapper in the Royal Engineers.   And he took his weapons of choice with him - gun, pencil and paper! 

Poignant poetry of loyalty and comradeship, crafted during the London Blitz bombing!  

Link to full episode show notes here, including show transcript and many photos and other details which will enhance your listening experience.  

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15 The WWII Poems of Sapper John Frederick Smith

15 The WWII Poems of Sapper John Frederick Smith

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