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W W Armstrong Letter January 1957

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W W Armstrong letter. Written to a young man in 1957, Pastor Armstrong, by then leader of the Adventist Church in the UK and Ireland, recounts his experiences in France, including how singing a hymn after a severe beating, stunned the guards and left them in silence. - See more at: http://adventist.org.uk/wwi/ww1#Primary Sources

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W W Armstrong Letter January 1957

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