'Passchendaele’ was not only an episode in the history of the First World War. It became a concept, an international symbol for the violence of war in its most horrific form. During the Third Battle of Ypres in 1917, better known as the Battle of Passchendaele, approximately 600.000 soldiers perished for a territorial gain of barely a few kilometers.
No matter how impressive a visit to CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery, the German cemetery in Langemark or one of the many other cemeteries and memorials might be, most of the time one must merely do with a name. With ‘The Passchendaele Archives’ the MMP1917 aims at adding a face and a story to those names.
Do you have more information about someone who died during the Battle of Passendaele in 1917? The museum will be looking forward to help you any further:
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In return for your cooperation, we’ll try to find out what exactly happened on that day. The file will take shape according to photographs, family-related and military information. In doing so, a brief report based on war diaries and regimental histories will be added. Moreover, you’ll be offered a map stating the location where your relative lost his life or was fatally injured. Henceforth, he will occupy a discernible spot in the landscape. Donations of original items or photographs to the museum are, of course, always very welcomed.
The online database is operational since 2017 and still is a work in progress. All files started between 2005 and 2016 are added to the key register. The files are completed in a second phase. New files will be completely entered.