A refurbished interpretation centre

 

A refurbished interpretation centre

The refurbished interpretation centre Trench of Death was inaugurated on August 28, 2014, during the First World War centenary commemoration. It uses the most modern museum techniques. Through fifteen applications, texts, pictures, film footage and unique objects from the Royal Military Museum collections we guide the visitor through the Trench’s fascinating history. A new visitors’ tour was established based on new historic research. The visitor learns about the Trench of Death in an interactive way and some tough myths about the precious site are undone.

 

The German side is considered as well.

We not only tell the history of the infamous trench. We also wish to place the Trench in its context. It indeed only fully makes sense when regarded in relation to the nearby German trenches. Through period pictures, objects or selections from personal diaries, the German side of the conflict is illustrated as well, and this truly is a first.

 

The Trench of Death in one hundred words

In 1915 the Belgian army tries to dislodge the Germans from the petrol tanks north of the city of Dixmude. After two failed attempts the Belgians decide to dig a trench towards the drums. The Germans however manage to capture part of it. In order to suppress the German threat, Belgian military engineering creates, by the end of 1915, a breach in the Yser dike. The two camps are now only separated by a mere ditch. The trench is then transformed into an impregnable position, called Trench of Death because of the victims buried there after the German attack.