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Simon Kidner 2008

In May 1940 a green young Sapper, Peter Kidner, who had just turned 20, was sent to France to join the British Expeditionary Force. The role of his unit was to strengthen the defensive line, but the Belgian Government would allow no foreign troops on its soil. Just one week after he arrived, the Germans invaded the Netherlands, Belgium and France, and Peter's role was then to help delay the German advance by blowing bridges and erecting road blocks.

This journal was written in June 1940, days after he had been evacuated from the beaches at Bray Dunes, and has only now been published. Click on the image below to launch the .pdf file (673.KB)

 

Appendix 85 - Three Weeks in May