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Practical information

What we offer:

  • A full day’s programme: from 09:00 to 17:00, from 09:30 to 17:30 or from 10:00 to 18:00. The schedule cannot be shortened. The Platoon Experience will not commence if the group arrives after 10:00 and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 was not informed in advance.
  • Access to + guided tour in the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917.
  • Warm ’Tommy Tucker' meal. In appreciation of the effort and the food, we expect you to taste the food at least.
  • Stories of personal experiences.
  • A battlefield tour in authentic kit.
  • Guided tour to CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery.
  • Educational context provided by two guides.

What we require:

  • Only groups from 14 years (from 3rd year of secondary education).
  • Minimum 20 participants, maximum 50 participants.
  • Preparation of the theme in the classroom.
  • Price 2019: €37 p.p.
  • Teaching staff pay €8 p.p. for the lunch.
  • Deposit: €300 cash for the materials. With damage to - or dirtying of - the materials, the costs will be deducted from the deposit. 
  • Reservations: at least two months in advance. (March - 15 November)

What is expected of you, the agreements:

  • Respect for the materials and the guides.
  • Willingness to cooperate, also physically.
  • Following the museum etiquette.
  • Sufficient (self)discipline to enable the day to proceed smoothly and with respect.
  • Respect for the historical setting.
  • Respect for the victims of the war.
  • Ability to complete the historical route in full kit (+/- 15 kg).
  • The participants are expected to actively participate, to be able to execute the tasks correctly and to behave with respect in the spirit of the memory of the dead of 1917.
  • The pupils wear the kit, shoes and clothing at all times.
  • Consumption of your own sweets and drinks, with the exception of water, is not allowed during the project.
  • The consumption of alcohol or other stimulants is strictly forbidden. Smoking is not permitted when the participants are in uniform.
  • We recommend you bring thick socks with you.
  • Participants with a shoe size smaller than 38 or larger than 46 should bring their own footwear, preferably study, dark-coloured walking boots.
  • It is advisable to bring reserve clothing in case of bad weather.
  • The project provides each participant with a water-resistant poncho.
  • It is recommended to bring comfortable clothing, such as shorts and a T-shirt, to wear under the uniform.
  • The group may not depart before the used materials are checked for damage and are replaced neatly in the storage cupboards as they were found at the start of the project. 
  • The teachers accompany as observers and should intervene with problems or inappropriate behaviour. 
  • The teachers may not act as guides and they may not intervene during the tasks, unless the teacher is actively participating with the students.
  • The guide can stop the ‘experience’ at any time if the group displays inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour. In that event, there will be no reimbursement of the amount already paid.
  • If students are no longer allowed to participate due to inappropriate behaviour, one of the supervisors will remain with these students. 
  • Private transport is required because after the visit to the Tyne Cot Cemetery the group will be returning to the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 to collect their belongings. Make sure you have the contact number for the coach driver with you!

IMPORTANT!

The 'Platoon Experience' is not ‘a game of soldiers'. It is an ‘immersion project’ for youths in order to gain better understanding of the tragedy of war in general and the Battle of Passchendaele in particular. The guides have the right to discontinue the ‘experience’ at any time if a group does not behave in the spirit of those who went before us in 1917.