Remembering Passchendaele 1917
100 years ago today saw the beginning of one of the bloodiest and most deadly conflicts of WW1. The battle of Passchendaele began at 3:50 a.m. on 31 July 1917 and was to last until 10 November.
At the end of three months of fighting, over half a million soldiers from both sides had either been killed, wounded or posted missing in action. That averages out at five thousand men a day. They were fighting to control just a few square miles of land, most of it reduced to muddy vision of hell.
This last picture kind of says it all. Here are two soldiers sharing a cigarette at the end of the battle. One is Canadian and the other is German.