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“We could not believe that we were expected to attack in such appalling conditions. I never prayed so hard in my life. I got down on my knees in the mud and prayed to God to bring me through.”

- Private Pat Burns, 46th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Passchendale, November 1917

The words of soldiers tell us a lot about the conditions in which the battle took place, but the images reflect the dimensional view of the drama consumed in Passchendaele.
At 03:50 a.m. On July 31, 1917, the battle of Passchendaele began with the assault of Pilckem by nine British divisions; German general Hermann von Kuhl defined the battle «[...] the greatest martyrdom of the first World War [where] no division could survive more than a week in that hell.»
The battle, wich ended in November of the same year, opposed the British on one side and the German Empire on the other. The battle was one of the biggest defeats in British military history due to the heavy...
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