Imagine the horrifying sight this battlefield would be if you came across it. Thousands of bodies, as far as the eye can see, lying on the battlefield just as they were when they fell so many years before.
When I looked for a bit more information on this epic battle I found that the numbers of casualties might have been exaggerated slightly….
The Battle of Tarapaca took place on the 27th of November 1879 and was part of the War of the Pacific (1879-1884). The area of Tarapaca is one of the driest places on earth so I can’t imagine that a battle there would be the first choice for any army.
I love the way this report described the war as ancient history, it was only 22 years earlier!
I’m having a little trouble with the article though. Bodies still lying around just as the day they fell? No scavengers at all?
I can imagine that scavengers might be a little thin on the ground in such a dry place, but no matter where you are there is always something that nibbles away at anything that stays still for long enough….
If you have ever been to the place where the Battle of Tarapaca took place, please let me know if I am wrong though!