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The Peat Bog Soldiers
Children's Song Lyrics and Sound Clip
Michael Mitchell

In July 1936 a fascist revolt in Spain led by General Francisco Franco sought to oust the leaders of the new nation which had only been a republic since 1931. Franco's Nationalists, supported heavily with troops and equipment from Germany and Italy, clashed with Loyalist forces supported by brigades of international volunteers with equipment from the Soviet Union. Eventually, in 1939, Spain fell to Franco. This song came from one of the German prisoner of war camps in the conflict. The name and even the nationality of the author remain unknown, but he, like so many of his comrades, was thought not have survived the imprisonment.

Far and wide as the eye can wande r
Peat and bog are everywhere
Not a bird sings out to cheer us
Oaks are standing gaunt and bare

We are the peat bog soldiers
Marching with our spades to the bog

Up and down the guards are pacing
No one, no one can go through
Flight would mean a sure death-facing
Guns and barbed wire greet our view

But for us there is no complaining
Winter will in time be pas t
One day we shall cry rejoicing
"Homeland dear, you're mine at last "

Then will the peat bog soldiers
March no more with their spades
To the bog

© Michael Mitchell. All rights reserved. Used with permission




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