Passchendaele mud soldier slowly dissolves to mark centenary of battle

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Passchendaele mud soldier slowly dissolves to mark centenary of battle

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Post by Sniper1946 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:28 pm

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Mud statue on Wednesday CREDIT: ALBERTO PEZZALI/NURPHOTO


When the great war poet Siegfried Sassoon wrote those haunting words “I died in hell. They called it Passchendaele” it was in part the mud of the battlefield he was recalling.

Intense shelling destroyed the drainage and the heaviest rains in 30 years turned the fields into a muddy quagmire, swallowing men whole and making progress near impossible.

One hundred years on from the start of the three-month battle that would claim the lives of as many as half a million troops, a sculpture of a soldier made from that same mud has evoked the awful conditions endured by those men.

Over the past week the statue, crafted by the Dutch artist Damian Van Der Velden, has been dissolved back into a shapeless lump of mud by a steady drip of water, providing a poignant reminder of the Belgian soil over which thousands fought and died.

The statue was placed in front of the National Gallery, in Trafalgar Square as part of a series of events commemorating the start of the Battle of Passchendaele on July 31, 1917.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07 ... ry-battle/
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Post by The Ringo Kid » Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:34 pm

That's so cool.
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