Friday, 13 January 2017

Great War Trenches - Belgium 2016

I was doing a bit of tidying up on the blog recently and realised that I hadn't posted these photos from my trip to Belgium last February.  Taken at the Passchendaele Memorial Museum at Zonnebeke, they show some of the replica trenches and dugouts which have been built there.  It's a splendid museum - as well as the trenches and lots of hardware there is a replica of a deep dugout (not for the claustrophobic!).







15 comments:

Robert (Bob) Cordery said...

A very impressive looking museum. I'll certainly pay it a visit if I'm ever in that area.

All the best,

Bob

Conrad Kinch said...

That'll give you something to do in the garden alright.

Don M said...

My two dachshunds have a pretty good start on one in my back yard...)
In all seriousness it is a very impressive looking museum.

Stephen Briddon said...

I keep threatening to have my kids dig a trench across the football field for our international conflicts unit. I think the phalanx of angry 'jocks' (here meaning sporty types not the derogatory sense Tim) will simulate the enemy perfectly. We went to Vimy Ridge once and they poured cement over the works creating a ghost of the duckboards and sandbags. I did like the bomb disposal sheep there too!

Phil said...

Nice pictures, thanks for sharing...

Tim Gow said...

Bob Cordery
That part of the world is definitely worth a trip.

Tim Gow said...

Conrad Kinch
Alas my estate lacks the room for even a 1/32 scale trench network.

Tim Gow said...

Don M
And this being Belgium, dogs may well have been employed in the work...

Tim Gow said...

Stephen Briddon
From what I've seen of American football (my stepson played for a while), a trench system might brighten up the game a bit!

Tim Gow said...

Phil
Sorry they're 11 months late!

Pete. said...

Nice pics Tim.

Cheers,

Pete.

Stephen Beat said...

I remember our family holidays in Belgium when I was younger, visiting the trench museums and Ypres were 'regular' trips. It always amazes me the amount of 'scrap iron' laying at the side of fields that Belgian farmers still plough up. Ploughing up unexploded WW1 shells was a routine thing I was told.

Must have another visit to Belgium! :)

Tim Gow said...

Pete
Thanks - shall I go back for more?

Tim Gow said...

Stephen Beat
I expect they're still ploughing up scrap.

maximex said...

The stunning and impressive photo series
Thanks for sharing
Now no mud, no water, trenches bottoms.