Hell on Earth, indeed

| July 12, 2007

Here is an article in the (U.K.) Daily Mail with some hand-tinted photographs from the Third Battle of Ypres during World War I:

As the article points out, over 2000 soldiers died every day during this battle, which lasted for several months (July-November 1917). The ground was so torn up by artillery and flooded from rains that soldiers actually drowned on the battlefield.

Tolkien acknowledged that his own WWI experiences in this horrific setting inspired the “Dead Marshes” in The Lord of the Rings, but the reality here is more awful than anything Tolkien described.

Hat tip to Blue Crab Boulevard.  ..bruce..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at bwebster@bfwa.com, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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