The Legion Launches Virtual Reality Content for Battle of Passchendaele Centenary
To commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele (also known as the Third Battle of Ypres), the Royal British Legion today launched a series of unique and immersive virtual reality videos.
LocationHousehold Cavalry Museum, London
Created in partnership with historian Dan Snow, the videos invite viewers to travel back to 1917 and live life on the frontline through first-hand audio accounts, diary excerpts, archive film and photos.
Fought between July and November 1917, the battle saw an estimated 550,000 Allied and German troops killed, wounded or lost, and remains one of the most notorious battles of the First World War.
Speaking at today’s launch event at the Household Cavalry Museum on Horse Guards Parade, Dan Snow said:
“The Battle of Passchendaele was a hugely significant battle which has become infamous for the number of casualties and the sheer scale of the mud, which was even worse than the Somme.
“Through the use of 360 cameras, archive footage and diary extracts I’ve helped The Royal British Legion to create a series of virtual reality videos which enables the British public to step in, experience the conditions which met the soldiers 100 years ago, and view WWI in a unique and immersive way.”Dan Snow
Bob Gamble, Head of Engagement at The Royal British Legion, added: “The Royal British Legion is the national custodian of Remembrance, safeguarding the memory of those who fought and died in conflict.
“Along with our welfare and support work, remembrance is at the heart of what the charity does. With the help of Dan Snow, we’ve created this VR content to help bring WWI and the Battle of Passchendaele to the British Public in a new and exciting format.”
The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele provides an opportunity to view WW1 in a new way. Learn how the battle unfolded and discover the experiences of those on the battlefields through a series 360 videos.Passchendaele 100