Monday, 31 July 2017

Quote of the Day: On the Battle at Passchendaele, begun 100 years ago this week

“Good God, did we really send men to fight in that?”
    ~ Field-Marshall Douglas Haig’s chief of staff on being driven to view the front at Passchendaele --- where in a battle begun one-hundred years ago this week his boss had commanded men to manouevre in a sea of mud, at an ultimate cost of 250,000 casualties, many of them drowning horribly in shell-holes filled with liquid ooze.


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