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Canadian Gunners in the Mud, Passchendaele
Painted in 1917 by Alfred Bastien (1873–1955)

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Fifteen thousand Canadian men were killed, wounded or reported missing in the fighting at Passchendaele between October and November 1917.

"New [battery] position an awful mud hole. Simply covered with mud all the time and generally wet."

— Lieutenant Brooke Ferrar Gossage, soldier

"Good God, did we really send men to fight in that?"

— British Lieutenant General Sir Launcelot Kiggell

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