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A modernized and refurbished 14-18 Gallery awaits you as of this Thursday at the Military Museum!

Don’t forget to announce your visit on booking.mra@warheritage.be or 02/ 737 78 33 (Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.).

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The frontline zone (FLZ) Noorderkempen vaccination centre will be set up in the hangar of Brasschaat military airport, just behind the Gunfire/WHI site.

“By opting for a single vaccination centre we will be able to ensure an efficient deployment of medical staff. The centre will be open for 8 months”, says Cindy De Roeve, president of FLZ Noorderkempen. “The hangar covers 4,000 m2 and will have 10 vaccination lines. We wish to vaccinate 75,000 people. The FLZ is expected to be operational by February 15. The idea is then to vaccinate 7/7, depending on the available vaccines”.

The vaccination centre...

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During spring break the War Heritage Institute invites both young and old to come and discover its completely revamped and modernized “14-18” collection, now also to be enjoyed through two virtual circuits.

The circuit “Visual Arts of the Great War”, realized in the framework of the “Krokuskriebels” campaign, uses the “Heritage App” developed by Faro and is meant for children. Once the app and the circuit have been downloaded at the Museum entrance children (from age 6) accompanied by their families can discover the treasures safeguarded in the 14-18 Gallery by answering interactive question on their smartp...

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The Belgian Navy celebrates its 75 years of existence in February. The event was marked on February 1, albeit quite intimately because of the sanitary measures imposed by the corona pandemic.

However, the Navy’s history is honoured through the publication of a book to be released by mid-February: “The Belgian Navy. From 1946 till today”. The Navy will then also organize a digital exhibition dedicated to its uniforms. A weekend uniting all sea scouts in the country is programmed in May and the port of Brussels will hail the Navy in June.

The Navy heavily invested in innovative technology and a scientific...

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Lieven Bauwens (1769-1822) was one of the few “Belgians” to enjoy an international reputation during the Revolution and the French Empire. He was analysing English industrial procedures when he decided, in 1798, to force the British blockade by shipping a loom, the Mule Jenny, to our country. Bauwens’ career, both swift and chaotic, was intimately linked with the economic history of the Belgian departments, and of the city of Ghent in particular. He for instance became the city’s mayor in 1800.

Napoleon visited his manufacture in 1810 and granted him the Légion d’Honneur. The weapons we acquired date from...

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On Wednesday 27 January a delegation led by the Ukrainian Chief of Defence visited the Royal Military Museum. Our acting CEO, Mr Michel Jaupart, guided the visitors through our rich collections and reviewed our ambitious initiatives.

© Jérusalem Pierard (WHI)

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On 27 January 1945, while still fighting the Wehrmacht, the Soviet troops discovered the concentration camp and extermination centre of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The camp was situated to the west of Cracow in Poland and is considered today as the most emblematic venue of Nazi barbarism.

Since then UNESCO chose 27 January as the date on which to pay tribute to all Shoah victims. On that day we each year reaffirm our never-ending battle against anti-Semitism, racism and all other forms of intolerance leading to targeted violence against human beings.

Click here to see a video of souvenirs in pictures of 20 ye...

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Everybody can be involved in a dispute at one time or another. The parties then often agree to compromise. In November 1939 Lieutenant Maurice Menschaert and Private Porton unfortunately pushed the limits of their disagreement. Punished by the Lieutenant, Private Porton was out on revenge and he shot the lieutenant even before the outbreak of war. The latter was buried in his native town of Burst a few days later. However, his grave disappeared when the local cemetery was reorganized.

In 2019 the FNC/NSB learned about Lieutenant Menschaert’s unfortunate fate. In collaboration with local authorities the FNC/...

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When the Germans attacked our country in 1914, the troops in and around Mechelen suffered heavy casualties. Soldiers barely had time to bury their fallen comrades. A hastily dug grave was the fate of many who were left behind. Time was of the essence and the City of Mechelen created an excavation service under the leadership of Hendrik Haesen during the first months of the occupation.

Hendrik and his team set out looking for these graves around Mechelen. Even calling upon the German occupier when met with uncooperative landlords. No less than 892 soldiers, of different nationalities were transferred to th...

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This book presents you with a forgotten adventure, viz. that of the “national regiments” recruited in the Austrian Netherlands, i.e. present-day Belgium. They opposed both Frederic the Great and Napoleon. These volunteer elite soldiers were not that numerous, but enjoyed quite a reputation, as the Habsburg “Walloons” participated in all battles. Moreover, their officers – noblemen from a rather small territory – established an extremely professional military tradition. They played a major part in the Austrian army’s chain of command and military style.

This unprecedented approach of a largely untapped subject i...

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