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Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

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The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 in Zonnebeke, Belgium was renovated and re-opened in 2004. As well as containing many artefacts such as uniforms and equipment, there are also the new and very impressive "experience" sections showing underground dug outs and trenches. It's housed in a beautiful historic chateau in the small town of Zonnebeke, very close to Ieper (Ypres), the site of the memorial the Menin Gate (above). Below is a small sample of some of the exhibits, photographed on a brief visit in August 2014.
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About Matthew Lenton (firstcircle)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM

Earliest model memory is a Super Sabre my grandmother bought for me in around 1972. We cut the pieces off the sprue with an ivory handled butter knife. Have always dabbled in painting and making things, and rediscovered doing that with plastic in 2008. Vowed then to complete the 30 year old stash...


Comments

It's certainly true that, relatively speaking, this a area of Belgium is no distance from the UK. Taking your car on the Eurotunnel is very fast and it's only an hour or two from the terminal, so if you happen to be visiting the relos in England again...
NOV 11, 2014 - 11:24 AM
I would love to see the Museum. Especially in light of the two Canadian soldiers killed in Canada in the last couple of week Posted on Remembrance Day. We should thank all who served in the Military, especially those who gave their lives so we may live ous in freedom.
NOV 11, 2014 - 01:54 PM
Who was threatening your freedom in the first world war, or now, i was just wondering
NOV 11, 2014 - 08:37 PM
Shall we just leave that thought hanging there rather than attempting to address such complex issues in this thread? It's just really not an appropriate space for such a discussion, fascinating though it may be, and I'm more than able to appreciate the various sentiments and views that there may be, but just not on the end of this feature...
NOV 11, 2014 - 10:08 PM
I agree. The causes of the Great War remain hotly debated 100 years hence. There is blame aplenty on both sides for actions that led to millions of dead and a political stalemate the required a second World War to settle. One of the saddest days of my life was spent visiting Ft. Douamont and Verdun. The slaughter was just appalling. Food for thought. But the dead deserve our respect and our honor, as they attempted to do what was asked of them. As the old saying goes, "all gave some, some gave all."
NOV 12, 2014 - 05:49 AM
Well said Bill...Amen. If someone has to ask a question, such as the one that was asked, they have a skewed world view, IMHO....I'm just saying!? I have the highest repect for those that did thier duty HONORABLY for thier country especially those that died fighting for MY FREEDOM and that of MY COUNTRY. Jeff C Former US Army Military Police PS: Thanks for the pics and heads up on the museum. It was very informative.
NOV 19, 2014 - 06:32 AM
I have to say, that's not really what I had in mind when I asked to "leave that thought hanging"... I rather meant neither agreeing or disagreeing, so that neither view could appear to take precedence.
NOV 19, 2014 - 08:25 AM
Matthew, you are, of course, correct. But the Great War continues to perplex and even vex. World War 2 was a war of movement and "battles" took place in particular places. In the Great War, it all seems so pointless and confusing, so naturally we grope about for meaning or at least an "explanation." I must confess that the more I study the war, the less I seem to understand.
NOV 19, 2014 - 09:42 AM
Great pictures, brings back a lot of memories from when my brother and I took my father to France and Belgium to see the battlefields his father fought in as a member of the Canadian Army in WWI. We stopped in at this museum and Menin Gate as well.
NOV 19, 2014 - 10:35 AM
Sorry Matthew...I couldn't resist.
NOV 19, 2014 - 03:29 PM
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