Flanders Fields – the area of Flanders where the Allied armies dug in against the invading Germans in the First World War – is known throughout the world. It’s a symbol of the needless suffering and devastation caused by war. But it’s more than a symbol. It’s an area where people lived and still live today. Here are some posts that put the spotlight on this fascinating area of Belgium.
The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 is 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.
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.Â Read More »Stephen Hurst’s exhibition of Trench Art in Ypres