Originally posted 2016-03-01 14:15:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Often, burials did not happen at all for the dead. Death was a constant companion of the soldiers, and they had no time to bury the multitudes of corpses. Bodies would lie in No Man’s Land for ages, and even when the front line moved forward, these bodies were sometimes not buried, and often could not be identified. Soldiers would first bury their known companions, then their fellow countrymen, and then finally the enemy— but they rarely buried the enemy. On some battlefields, bodies were not buried until after the war. http://www.vlib.us/wwi/resources/clearingthedead.html

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