13 Artillery shells

A wall full of colourful grenades, it almost looks like a work of art. But all those bright colours also have a purpose: identification. The colours indicate whether the projectile is filled with, for example, gas or explosives. A soldier has to get the right ammunition in a split-second, so easy recognition is necessary. Take for example the British projectiles on the left-hand side of the cabinet. The grey grenades contain gas. The black ones are projectiles that shoot lead balls into the air via a time mechanism. The yellow ochre grenades are the so-called high explosives. Upon impact, their load explodes and the casing is shattered into dangerous shells. Now walk on, symbolically in the direction of the ruins of the Passchendaele church. Take the time to view the course of the Battle of Passchendaele in the film room.

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Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

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