Thiepval Ridge, 26 September 1916

“The incessant rains had turned the whole Somme area […] into a quagmire. The heavy guns thundered continuously. The earth convulsed as land mines, planted thirty to fifty feet underground spawned, then exploded, shattering every living and inanimate thing.”

~ Pte. Victor Wheeler of the 50th Battalion [ The 50th Battalion in No Man’s Land, 27]