Virtual tour 13 - Great Britain 1917

"When the First World War began, Great Britain had a small but well-trained and equipped professional army. From 1915, the first volunteers arrived on the battlefield and, in 1916, Britain, like France and Germany before, introduced the conscription. War was no longer limited to the elite, it became a matter for the masses too. Among the most important battles for the British were the battles of Ypres, the Battle of the Somme and the Final Offensive. At the Battle of Passchendaele, British troops were mainly deployed in the first phase from July to September 1917."Object 1: Kilt

The Scottish troops who saw action in the region in 1917 wore kilts. As tradition dictates, the rare original kilts on display in the museum have each their own specific tartans, which also served to distinguish between military troops. During the Battle of Passchendaele, however, the kilt caused a lot of problems, as it collected mud and soaked up the water, so it became increasingly heavy to wear. (MMP1917, MZ 00520)