Please note, we do not offer daytrips. This visit can only be booked as part of one of our overnight trip packages.
Caterpillar Mine

Caterpillar Mine

Caterpillar Crater is located near Hill 60, to the south of Zillebeke. 

Embark on a poignant journey through history at the Caterpillar Mine in Belgium, an essential site for school groups studying World War I battlefields. This significant location offers students a vivid insight into the strategies, hardships, and heroics of trench warfare that shaped much of the Western Front during the Great War.

The Caterpillar Mine, named for its position along a ridge resembling a caterpillar, is renowned for its role in the Battle of Messines. Here, students will learn about the extensive network of tunnels that were dug by the Allied forces and the strategic use of mines to undermine enemy positions, which culminated in one of the largest non-nuclear explosions at the time. This historical event highlights the innovation, engineering skills, and the brutal realities of underground warfare.

Visiting the Caterpillar Mine allows students to engage directly with the terrain that soldiers once contested, offering a tangible connection to the past. Educators can discuss topics such as military tactics, the psychological impact of warfare on soldiers, and the broader geopolitical consequences of the war. This visit deepens understanding of World War I and encourages reflection on the lasting effects of conflict on society and the landscape.