Passchendaele: Ypres lights up to remember a dark past

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In a hellish landscape of shattered trees, mud, shell explosions and machine-gun fire, soldiers died by the score; blown to bits, drowning in muddy craters, suffocating on poison gas. This was 1917’s Battle of Passchendaele. With its allusions to Christ’s suffering, Passchendaele has come to symbolise the vast casualties and pointless attrition of the Great […]

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