1917, Total War in Flanders

1917

'Battle of Passchendaele' tour

ITINERARY

  • Villa Zonnedaele - Zonnebeke10.00 – 12.00:
    • Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
      This museum perpetuates the everlasting memory of the bloody Battle of Passendale. As part of the project '1917, Total War in Flanders', the 'Villa Zonnedaele' Mansion is the setting for a thematic exhibition entitled 'Passchendaele, a landscape in war', which explains the crucial role played by the devastated landscape during the Battle of Passendale.
      Berten Pilstraat 5 - 8980 Zonnebeke
       
  • 12.00 – 13.30: lunch
     
  • 13.30 – 14.30:
    • Polygon Wood
      Buttes New British CemeteryIn the heart of Polygon Wood stand Buttes New British Cemetery and the New Zealand Memorial, commemorating 383 missing soldiers of the New Zealand Division. On top of the butte itself, there is a memorial to the memory of the 5th Australian Division. The wood also contains several wartime bunkers. On the other side of the road stands the smaller Polygon Wood Cemetery. On 'Buttes New British Cemetery', a Dawn Service is held every year on ANZAC Day (25 April).
      Lange Dreve 5 – 8980 Zonnebeke
       
  • 14.30 – 15.30:
    • Tyne Cot Cemetery - ZonnebekeTyne Cot Cemetery
      This Commonwealth cemetery is the most important witness to the bloody Battle of Passendale. The nearby visitors centre offers a unique view across the old battlefields and tells in words and images the poignant story of Tyne Cot Cemetery and the dead of the Passendale offensive. As part of the project '1917, Total War in Flanders', an interactive panorama panel tells the equally tragic story of the landscape in 1917.
      Tynecotstraat 22 - 8980 Zonnebeke (Passendale)
       
  • 16.00 – 17.00:
    • Guynemer Pavilion, Langemark-PoelkapelleGuynemer Pavilion
      On 11 September 1917, German troops shot down the French pilot Georges Guynemer somewhere in the skies above Poelkapelle. His body was never found. The pavilion named in his honour (currently under construction) houses a bilingual exhibition that tells visitors more about the French role in the Westhoek and the part played by military aviation during the Battle of Passendale.
      Brugseweg 126-128 – 8920 Langemark-Poelkapelle (Poelkapelle)
       
  • 17.30 – 18.30:
    • Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery Visitors Centre, PoperingeLijssenthoek Military Cemetery
      From 1915 to 1920 the hamlet of Lijssenthoek was the site of the biggest British evacuation hospital in the Ieper Salient. Today the cemetery is a silent witness to the cost of more than four years of war. 10,784 victims of the fighting are buried here, including William Keith Seabrook. As part of the project '1917, Total War in Flanders', an info-module tells the story of the preparations for the Third Battle of Ieper and explains how this hospital complex came to be so large.
      Boescheepseweg 35 – 8970 Poperinge
       

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