Tour de force

4th April 2008 at 01:00
The horrific experience of the First World War battlefields can be re-enacted by pupils on what was the Western Front.

The Memorial Museum Passchendaele will help school groups retrace the footsteps of an Australian platoon in 1917 to Tyne Cot, the cemetery for 12,000 Commonwealth soldiers.

This will begin with a visit to the Memorial Museum and an introduction to survival on the Front. Groups will then march in full uniform, armed with the equipment of an Australian platoon soldier. A typical Tommy Tucker lunch is provided: soup, Passchendaele pie and Tommy cake with coffee and tea. Every member of the platoon assumes the identity of an Australian who fought in the battle. At the end, each discovers their fate at Tyne Cot. The expeditions will start in May for pupils aged 14 and over.

- The annual Museum Weekend will take place on April 26 and 27. More than 150 re-enactors from eight different countries will set up a camp at the Zonnebeke Chateau.

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