Films to relive the 1917 Battle of Passchendaele in virtual reality

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  • 10 360-degree films to relive the Battle of Passchendaele
    • First VR film of the Battle of Passchendaele
    • Second VR film of the Battle of Passchendaele
    • Third VR video of the Battle of Passchendaele
    • Fourth virtual reality video of the Battle of Passchendaele
    • Fifth VR Short Film of the Battle of Passchendaele
    • Sixth virtual reality short film of the Battle of Passchendaele
    • Seventh 360-degree film of the Battle of Passchendaele
    • Eighth 360-degree video of the Battle of Passchendaele
    • Ninth 360-degree short film of the Battle of Passchendaele
    • Tenth and final panoramic video of the Battle of Passchendaele



Also called the Second Battle of Flanders, the Battle of Passchendaele which took place between July 31, 1917 and November 6 ended in an important victory for the Allied forces but the losses were terrible especially on the British side. According to historians, around 250.000 British soldiers lost their lives in this battlefield in Belgium or were wounded, as well as 8.500 French and 4.000 Canadians. German side, the toll is 260.000 dead or wounded soldiers. The number of missing soldiers (drowned in mud) is estimated at 40.000. This tragic battle which has just celebrated its centenary must not be forgotten. This is why the association "The Royal British Legion" wishes to revive its memory through ten short 360-degree films that can be viewed with a virtual reality headset.. These immersive films retrace the context of this battle, its history and the horror of the fighting. The conditions were terrible for all the belligerents.


10 360-degree films to relive the Battle of Passchendaele

Like the application that allows young Japanese people to relive what happened in Nagasaki in 1945, the British association "The Royal British Legion" has created a series of 10 virtual reality videos for the terrible battle of Passchendaele does not fall into oblivion and that the younger generations remember the sacrifice of their elders. The association was based on period archive photos and videos but was also able to collect some rare testimonies from veterans of the battle.. "The Royal British Legion" was thus able to produce, on this basis, a series of short films in virtual reality of less than 3 minutes by adding some effects.


First VR film of the Battle of Passchendaele

Dubbed “Over The Top”, this first VR film in the series tells the countdown, fear, then the order to go on the offensive. Find out what it was like to participate in the Battle of Passchendaele with the testimony of those who were there.

Second VR film of the Battle of Passchendaele

Called “Battlefield Conditions”, this Second VR film describes the terrible conditions of the Battlefield of Passchendaele. Irrigation systems cut off and mud everywhere. These conditions completely changed the situation of this battle and made it atrocious for the soldiers.

Third VR video of the Battle of Passchendaele

Soberly titled "Into No Man's Land", this third VR video explains why the soldiers thought it was not a place for humans.

Fourth virtual reality video of the Battle of Passchendaele

"Medicine", the fourth virtual reality video in this series recalls the terrible conditions of war medicine at the time and how soldiers were treated in field hospitals.


Fifth VR Short Film of the Battle of Passchendaele

Dubbed “Logistic”, this fifth VR short film reminds us that the supply of troops at the Battle of Passchendaele was a real headache and that logistics were of capital importance in this terrible battle. Food, weapons, ammunition, evacuation of the dead and the wounded were managed in a very difficult manner given the conditions and means of the time..

Sixth virtual reality short film of the Battle of Passchendaele

“War Ar Home” is the name of this sixth virtual reality short film in the series created by the British association. She talks about the importance of soldiers communicating with their families and loved ones as well as the importance that these cards had on the morale of the troops., reminding them of what their life was like before the hell they knew.


Seventh 360-degree film of the Battle of Passchendaele

Called "Behind The Lines", this seventh 360-degree film on the Battle of Passchendaele shows the daily life behind the trenches and the experience behind the front lines. The few moments of rest for these soldiers and the conditions in which they boosted their morale. Between sport, improvised theater and slightly better than usual food.


Eighth 360-degree video of the Battle of Passchendaele

“The First Day” is a 360-degree video that puts the battle in context. Although the conditions of the Battle of Passchendaele were terrible, they were nevertheless somewhat less severe than that of the Battle of the Somme. A historian explains the context as well as why this battle was launched and under what conditions.

Ninth 360-degree short film of the Battle of Passchendaele

"The Turnaround" is the name of this ninth and penultimate 360 ​​degree short film. After the start of the battle, the Gheluvelt plateau became a strategic area. Returning to what are now cultivated fields, historian Dan Snow explains the terrible fights that took place on this plateau.


Tenth and final panoramic video of the Battle of Passchendaele

“The end” is the last panoramic video in this series of virtual reality films about the Battle of Passchendaele. The historian explains how the allies took advantage of this victory and gives us the details of the terrible toll of this battle.



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