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Meditation



Vimy Ridge, George Metcalf Archival Collection, Canadian War Museum

“The whole earth is ploughed by the exploding shells and the holes are filled with water, and if you do not get killed by the shells you may drown in the craters. Broken wagons and dead horses are moved to the sides of the road, also many dead soldiers lie here. Wounded soldiers who died in the ambulance have been unloaded and their eyes stare at you. Sometimes an arm or leg is missing. Everybody is rushing, running, trying to escape almost certain death in this hail of enemy shells. Today I have seen the real face of war.”

— German Musketier Hans Otto Schetter, Quotes from the Great War (http://www.greatwar.nl)