On Wednesday 6 September, a striking street art mural depicting the personal impact of war was unveiled in Melbourne’s Hosier Lane (Australia). The mural commemorates the Battle of Passchendaele (31 July – 10 November 1917), one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War. 

The endless muddy battlefield surrounding Passchendaele became as much of an enemy, as the army on the other side of the frontline. Incessant rain turned craters and trenches into a sea of mud, leaving men and horses to drown, while tanks became stuck in the quagmires. Soldiers soon started referring to Passchendaele, as “Passion-dale”, the Valley of the Suffering. More than 450,000 casualties were counted for in only 100 days, for a gain of barely 8 kilometres that would soon be lost again to the German army. 

“This mural reminds us of the horrors of war - both in the field and at home. We wanted to broaden the scope away from just the (traditional) soldier’s point of view, but also show the impact on families.  I hope the mural serves as a reminder of those who gave their lives in Flanders Fields and the devastation that war leaves behind”, says renowned local Melbourne street artist Adrian Doyle, who created the moving Passchendaele scene. 

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