October 17, 1917
 
   
 
Canadian engineers and pioneers begin to extend the transport system, construct artillery positions and move ammunition and supplies to the front, all in preparation for the coming battles. They work amidst continuous shelling, gas attacks and the most horrendous conditions possible.
 
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    When we left the duckboards it was to go through mud knee deep. Progress was slow, as each man tried to avoid sinking deeper than necessary. We stopped and the sergeant waded over to an "island" of broken timbers and got a heavy coil of large rope. ...We kept on and arrived at a battery of five guns. The battery horses had drowned in mire as they tried to move the guns to the left where a slight rise afforded more solid ground, so now thirty men of the 42nd took hold of the rope and tried to pull a gun. ..It was tremendous labour. Each man had to keep getting a new footing, and often we sank in mud and water of gruel thickness until the slime rose above our hips. The only thing solid underneath was a huddled dead man, and we stumbled over five or six during the morning...

   
   
             Will Bird, author of Ghosts Have Warm Hands

   
   
   
   
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