Passchendaele, along with the Somme, sums up the waste of humanity during the First World War. It is only when you see these small, pretty French and Belgium villages now and look at the photos of the same places 90 years ago that you can comprehend what a nightmare it must have been. In many cases all that remained were hastily erected signs to show the location of the local church or town hall.
We visited the chateau housing the museum that was rebuilt from Germany reparations after the war and contains a very good underground bunker and dugout, copying one that was only recently found next to the nearby church.
As with all these museums whilst you can see all the materiel of war it is really reading the letters from the soldiers that makes them so human.