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Dead Reckoning. Passchendaele 1917

An international conference

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Published on Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Une conférence internationale durant de 3 jours, organisées par le Musée in Flanders Fields à Ypres et le Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 à Zonnebeke (Belgique). Les thèmes abordés seront: la preparation et le developpement de la 3e Bataille d'Ypres (Passchendaele), la presence des troupes de differentes nations, la façon dont la bataille a été conduit et l'historiographie/la memoire de cette bataille.


Dead Reckoning. Passchendaele 1917

Conference -     Ypres - 15-16-17 November 2007

An international conference, organised by Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, Zonnebeke, and In Flanders Fields Museum Ypres.


Thursday 15 November 2007

Chair: Prod. Dr. Luc De Vos (Koninklijke Militaire School - KU Leuven, B)

09-09.30 Inscription - Registration


09.30- 12.45 Morning Session

PRELUDE: Preparations, Proposals and Plans


Prof. Robin Prior (University of New South Wales - Australian Defence Force Academy, AUS)  The 3rd Battle of Ypres : overview


Prof. Hew Strachan (University of Oxford, UK)

The political and military Preparations for the 3rd Battle of Ypres


PD Dr. Christoph Jahr (Humboldt Universität, Berlin, D)

The German Army during the 3rd Battle of Ypres


Prof. Gary Sheffield (University of Birmingham, UK)

The British Army in 1917


12.45-14.00 Lunch


14.00-17.00 Afternoon session

Instruments: Development, Dispositions and Deployment


Franky Bostyn (Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, Zonnebeke, B)

The German Defence Positions in Flanders 1917


Rob Thompson (University of Birmingham, UK)

The God of War and the Vale of The Passion: British Artillery during the Third Ypres Campaign, 1917


David Fletcher (Bovington Tank Museum, UK)

The Tanks in Flanders – 1917


Simon Jones (University of Birmingham, UK)

Yperite: Gas Warfare in 1917


17.30-19.30 Evening Programme:

Visit to the exhibitions “The Road to Passchendaele” (Zonnebeke) and “A Descent into Hell: New Zealanders in Passchendaele” (Passendale), with drink in the Old Cheese Factory, Passendale



Friday 16 November 2007

Chair: Prof.dr. Koen Koch (Universiteit Leiden, NL)


9.30- 12.30 Morning session

ENSEMBLE: Nations at Arms


Prof. Glyn Harper (Massey University- Centre for Defense Studies, NZ)

From Masterpiece to Massacre:  The Anzacs at Passchendaele October 1917


Bill Rawling (Directorate of History and Heritage, Department of National Defence, Ottawa, CAN)

The Canadians at Passchendaele


Capt. Michaël Bourlet (Ecoles militaires de Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan, F)

The French 1st Army in the 3rd Battle of Ypres


Dominiek Dendooven (In Flanders Fields Museum, Ieper, B)

“Seldom was I more distressed by bad weather”: The Third Battle of Ypres as it was lived by a Region and its Inhabitants


12.30-14.00 lunch


14.00-17.00 Afternoon session

DIRECTION: Discourse and Debate – enduring Controversies associated with Command, Choices and Control during the Battle of Passchendaele


Prof. David Stevenson (London School of Economics, UK)

Prof. John Bourne (University of Birmingham, UK)

Prof.  Robin Prior

Prof. Hew Strachan




Evening Programme

20.00 Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate

20.30 Conference Dinner


Saturday 17 November 2007


Chair: Prof.dr. Annette Becker (Université de Paris X, Nanterre, F)


9.30-12.30 Morning session

RECESSIONAL: Remembrance, reflection and the Battle of Passchendaele


Prof. dr. Gerhard Hirschfeld (Universität Stuttgart, D)

German soldiers and their “Third Battle for Flanders”


Prof. Paul Gough (The University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)

'An epic of mud' - Passchendaele and the Arts



Dr. Stéphanie Claisse (Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, B)

What became of the Dead of 1917?


Prof. Jay Winter (Yale University, USA)

Passchendaele in History


12.30-14.00 lunch


14.00 - 17.00 Afternoon

A Tour of the Battlefields

Drink at the Cloth Hall, Ypres


Conference Language: English



Attendance Fee


€ 20 per day - €60 for 3 days

Friends of the In Flanders Fields Museum: € 15 per day - € 45 for 3 days

Conference dinner € 50



For any additional information on the conference or requesting a subscription form please contact Mr. Dominiek Dendooven, In Flanders Fields Museum, Janseniusstraat 9, B-8900 Ieper, Phone +32 (0)57 239 450, fax +32 (0)57 239 459, stedelijke.musea@ieper.be


Hotel reservation & Tourist information

For hotel reservations and tourist information please contact Mrs. Petra Delvaux or Ypres Tourist Board, Grote Markt 34, B-8900 Ieper, Phone +32 (0)57 239 220, fax 0032 (0)57 239 275, toerisme@ieper.be, www.ieper.be






  • Théatre de la ville / Halle aux Draps
    Ypres, Belgium


  • Thursday, November 15, 2007
  • Friday, November 16, 2007
  • Saturday, November 17, 2007

Attached files


  • histoire militaire et socio-culturelle, première guerre mondiale, Passchendaele


  • Dominiek Dendooven
    courriel : Stedelijke [dot] Musea [at] ieper [dot] be

Information source

  • Dominiek Dendooven
    courriel : Stedelijke [dot] Musea [at] ieper [dot] be


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