Soldier forged from mud marks centenary of battle
A MUD soldier sculpture has been unveiled in London to commemorate the centenary of the battle of Passchendaele, where thousands of Australian soldiers lost their lives in the deadliest battle of World War I.
Made from sand and mud from the battlefield in Flanders Fields in Belgium, the sculpture ( right) outside the National Gallery will slowly dissolve over the course of four days, a representation of the rain and mud associated with the battle 100 years ago. It was revealed to the public
at 8.30am London time ( 5.30pm AEST) by members of VISITFLANDERS tourism body and the Westminster City Council.
“We will never be able to comprehend the horrific conditions soldiers faced during that battle but this sculpture is a fitting tribute to their sacrifice,” Westminster’s Armed Forces Champion Rachael Robathan said at the unveiling.
The Third Battle of Ypres, known as the Battle of Passchendaele, was infamous for the scale of its casualties and muddy battlefields.
An estimated 38,000 Australians died, among almost 500,000 soldiers who fell as rain turned craters and trenches into a sea of mud, leaving many of the men to drown.