Quagmire World War One - Mud on the Somme. Men actually drowned in the mud at the Battle of the Somme in 1916."We live in a world of Somme mud. We sleep in it, work in it, fight in it, wade in it and many of us die in it. We see it, feel it, eat it and curse it, but we can't escape it, not even by dying." Quote by Australian Private Edward Lynch
The moment of impact: French infantryman is struck by German rifle fire and begins his descent toward the ground. Three others seem to bypass the Germans in the trench. Battle of Verdun, Feb-December, 1916.
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Animals were used in World War I on a scale never before seen—and never again repeated. Horses by the millions were put in service as cavalry mounts and beasts of burden, but they were not the only animals active in the war. Mules, dogs, camels, and pigeons all played vital roles, as well as many others—all at great risk, and with heavy cost.
In the early hours of the 22nd April, the remains of Manfred von Richthofen and his 'Red' Fokker Triplane were retrieved from the landing site and bought to the aerodrome of No. 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps.