On Passchendaele Ridge
I was reading an article in the Sunday Mail this morning which was an account of the conditions at Passchendaele by the last living survivor, Harry Patch.
It was really moving. He and his comrades made a pact that they wouldn't kill anyone if they could help it. Even in those conditions he stuck to his pact. A German soldier came towards him and Harry shot him in the shoulder to stop him. The German soldier carried on and Harry had four seconds to decide whether to kill him or not. He made up his mind and shot the soldier in the leg and "gave him his life".
I find it incredible that even in those conditions Harry still cared about the enemy enough to spare their lives even when they threatened to kill him.
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