Ieper – Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

The third battle of Ieper, commonly known as Passchendaele, was marked by its initial success through extensive use of mines and an incredible loss of life in the later stages as the mud and poor planing took their toll. Passchendaele was the last stage of the battle where close to 40,000 men disappeared into the Belgian mud. The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 recounts the history of this battle and the three others that took place in Ieper, which saw such dubious innovations in warfare as chemical weapons and flamethrowers. Don’t be fooled by the size of the museum building. This is a large museum, complete with dugouts and trenches, along with artifacts of war. When we paid our €7.50 I thought it was a little steep, but after winding through the all the displays I was pleasantly surprised how extensive it was. It was one of the best World War 1 museums I saw. Like many museums of the first world war (and as I think they should), the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 has an anti-war feel, though it is subtle. The continual tractor and agricultural traffic in the surrounding streets adds a sense of remote futility to place. So much to fighting for essentially farm fields.

The personnel memorial for a dead German soldier

The personnel memorial for a dead German soldier

An English-Flemish phrase book

An English-Flemish phrase book

One of the interactive displays. This one demos the weight of a pack

One of the interactive displays. This one demos the weight of a pack

Gas shells

Gas shells

The shell room

The shell room

Gas masks

Gas masks

German guide to the flamethrower

German guide to the flamethrower

Device for listening to digging in a tunnel

Device for listening to digging in a tunnel

Mining tools including stubs of candles

Mining tools including stubs of candles

A guide to mines and craters

A guide to trenches and craters

Music books

Music books

A Scotsman in his uniform

A Scotsman in his uniform

Reconstruction of a dugout barracks

Reconstruction of a dugout barracks

Reconstruction of a dugout toilet

Reconstruction of a dugout toilet

Reconstruction of a dugout officer's quarters

Reconstruction of a dugout officer’s quarters

A reconstruction of trenches

A reconstruction of trenches

Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. Despite its size it is a large museum

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