Flanders Fields in Belgium was the scene of four years of seemingly unending human and animal suffering. And even after the 1918 Armistice, the land was literally a minefield. Today it’s full of museums and cemeteries commemorating the First World War in Flanders.
Discovering Belgium introduces you to many of these sites, such as Tyne Cot and Passchendaele. Or the soldiers’ rest house in Poperinge: Talbot House. It describes the history behind such places, and where to walk and cycle in the area.
Click on the links below to travel back in time to the 1914-1918 period, and discover some of the most haunting sites in Flanders Fields.
The MMP17 is a museum dedicated to the horrendous bloodbath that was the Battle of Passchendaele. It displays numerous artefacts from the battle, a Dugout Experience that takes you underground into a mock-up of the British Army’s quarters, and reconstructions of trenches.
Talbot House in Poperinge is one of the most evocative First World War sites in Belgium. It was used by soldiers for rest and relaxation before returning to the Front. It’s still very much as it used to be 100 years ago.
Armistice Day 1918 marked the end of the First World War. We tend to think “phew, that was that!” and believe that people could finally get “back to normal”. But to the Flemish returning to Flanders Fields, they were greeted by desolation and danger. It marked the start of a huge clear-up of the devastated landscape.