25 Apr 2019

The iron harvest of Passchendaele

From Anzac Day, 8:45 am on 25 April 2019

The Western Front conflict between 1916 and 1918 left an indelible scar across the earth of central Europe. The trenches and artillery craters are still visible to the naked eye and the graveyards and mass graves operate as a network of landmarks crisscrossing Belgium and France. 

While the First World War can feel like a long way away from our current lives - the physical legacy of the Western Front remains very present. Charlotte Descamps lived in the Ypres Salient - the former site of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Gun crew in mud at Passchendaele. Stagg, Geoffrey Troughear, 1913-1971 :Views of the Western Front, World War 1914-1918

Gun crew in mud at Passchendaele. Stagg, Geoffrey Troughear, 1913-1971 :Views of the Western Front, World War 1914-1918 Photo: Ref: PAColl-2667-014. Alexander Turnbull Library

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