The Battle of Passchendaele

THE BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE (HALF DAY)

Departing from De Panne we drive towards the Ypres region via Diksmuide. At Boezinge we follow in the footsteps of the Welsh Division who started the offensive along Pilckem Ridge. The Welsh poet Hedd Wynn and the Irish poet Francis Ledwige lie buried at Artillery Wood Cemetery. Along Pilckem we here the stories of several VC winners and at the Steenbeek we find a small memorial that Harry Patch, the last true Tommie, unveiled in 2009. From Langemark we continue to ‘s Graventafel Ridge, which was taken by the ANZACs on 4th October 1917.

On that same day also Tyne Cot was captured. Now the former German stronghold houses Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest CWGC military cemetery in the world.From Tyne Cot we continue to Passendale, the village that was taken by the Canadians in November 1917. Passchendaele was for all a true hell and the name still clings to memory to this very day. The memorial at Crest Farm commemorates the sacrifice by the Canadian Corps to reach what was to become the ultimate objective of the 3rd Battle of Ypres.

Lunch at the Menin Road Museum or it is also possible at the In Flanders Fields Museum if a visit to the museum is added to the itinerary. Return to De Panne of start a new itinerary in the Ypres region.