Londoners prepare for war.

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Londoners prepare for war.

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Four-fifths of our people live in cities. Here is a picture whose spirit is true of them all: A picture of the London front. See more »

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References Shadows of the Underworld (1939) See more »

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Pack Up Your Troubles
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Written by Felix Powell and George Asaf
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