When the Flemish people returning to Flanders Fields after Armistice Day 1918, they were greeted by scenes of total devastation.
Why were poppies so numerous on the fields of Flanders? And how did they become the symbol of remembrance?
100 years ago this weekend saw the start of the Battle of Passchendaele. Here are four ways to remember.
Two walks that take you through the heart of Flanders Fields to some of the most poignant World War One cemeteries.
Steven Vandenbussche, Curator of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele, describes his favourite locations in Belgium
An exhibition at the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres focuses on the contribution of Canadian soldiers in the First World War
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.
The horror of war extends beyond the human tragedy.
What led to 16 million people losing their lives? And what were the key battles in Flanders, Belgium?
A post with a difference today. But still within the theme of “discovering Belgium”. I would like to draw your attention to a double exhibition called War and Trauma taking place in Ghent and Ypres that focuses on the physical and mental consequences of war, from the First […]
A powerful exhibition of Trench Art at the In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres, by British sculptor Stephen Hurst, refocuses our minds on the tragedy of war.
If you want to visit the key World War One battlefields around Ypres, you can always do it yourself, but enlisting the help of one of the many specialist tour guides available is a good idea.