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The Ypres Salient in Belgium was mostly a quagmire in the spring of 1915. The ground was torn up from countless artillery blasts, makeshift fortifications and a network of sandbagged trenches leading to along the front. It was here that Major John McCrae worked as a brigade surgeon for of the 2nd Division, Canadian Field Artillery. Through the chaos, suffering and personal tragedy, he still found time to write the poem “In Flanders Fields.”

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