a soldier employed in the construction of fortifications, trenches, or tunnels that approach or undermine enemy positions.

1620–30; sap2 + -er1 Unabridged
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sapper (ˈsæpə)
1.  a soldier who digs trenches
2.  (in the British Army) a private of the Royal Engineers

Sapper (ˈsæpə)
real name Herman Cyril McNeile. 1888--1937, British novelist, author of the popular thriller Bull-dog Drummond (1920) and its sequels

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If it didn't help, it was scrapped, which only shows it will be sometime before they can replace the sapper in the breach.
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