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Following the new measures taken by the Flemish government to fight the Corona virus and to stem the new wave of contaminations, in place since Thursday October 29, 2020, the national Fortress of Breendonk, the Trench of Death in Diksmuide, Gunfire in Brasschaat and the Command Bunker Kemmel are also closed from this date till further notice.

During the whole period our sites are closed the War Heritage Institute will not allow visitors presenting gifts or loans of objects and archives. In view of the gravity of the pandemic we ask those concerned for their comprehension.

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In response to the evolution of the corona pandemic and the problems in our hospitals, Mr Benoît LUTGEN, mayor of the city of Bastogne, announced a number of security measures. From this Wednesday 28th October 2020 on and until 19th November, all indoor activities (sport, leisure, culture), apart from compulsory education, are strictly forbidden throughout the city.

Our Bastogne Barracks site will therefore be closed from Wednesday 28th October onwards.

During the whole period our sites are closed the War Heritage Institute will not allow visitors presenting gifts or loans of objects and archi...

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The Minister-President of the Brussels Region, Rudi Vervoort, has announced that, in order to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the Brussels Region, all cultural sites will be closed as of Monday 26 October until new health provisions authorise their reopening. We would therefore like to inform our visitors that the Royal Museum of the Army and Military History will be closed from this Tuesday 27 October onwards (since Monday is our usual closing day).

Due to the new sanitary measures, the reading rooms of the documentation centre will also be closed from Monday 26 October until 19 November 2020....

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After the spectacular move of the Yser/Congo/Meuse panoramas in early October 2020, some 45 historical objects were transferred from the Sart-Hulet (Jambes) barracks to the Ypres barracks in the week of 12 to 16 October 2020. The move was induced by the closure of the Jambes barracks and the partial installation in the Amay barracks of the Museum of Military Engineering originally housed in the Sart-Hulet polygon.

Defence had already transferred most of the Military Engineering Museum objects (all part of the WHI collections) to Amay, as the Sart-Hulet polygon will be put up for sale. However, all objects...

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The Brotherhood of Political Prisoners of the Neuengamme concentration camp was created 75 years ago, on 15 October 1945. We wanted to organize a large commemorative ceremony and hold our annual meeting at the Royal Military Museum in Brussels, with a visit of the new permanent exhibition “War - Occupation - Liberation”.

Because of COVID-19 it proved impossible to participate in the ceremony for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Neuengamme concentration camp on 3 May 2020.

At 12 a.m. we have therefore deposited a wreath under the large wall picture “The political prisoners in a concentration ca...

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The annual commemoration of Fort Breendonk was rather special this year due to the restrictions.

In the presence of the representative of H.M. the King and High representatives homage was given with a virtual commemoration live on Facebook. You can rewatch the commemoration here: www.facebook.com/1928390034103078/videos/320955945667066

Photos ©WHI VANdenSTEEN

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Temporary exhibition –From 01.10.2020 till 30.03.2021

In the framework of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the discovery of the horror of the camps the War Heritage Institute sets up an exceptional photographic exhibition at the Royal Military Museum.

Retroacts

In September 2019 Luc Mary-Rabine, a Belgian photographer and author, presents the War Heritage Institute with 242 original prints. The two series are entitled “Si je t’oublie” (If I forget you), a series dedicated to deportation and “De guerre en guerre” (From one war to the next), a series about the traces of the two wo...

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The Brussels museums make their COME♡BACK during a long weekend with endless feel good activities! From Thursday 1 through Sunday 4 October artists and cultural organisations will pitch their tents in 40 Brussels museums to wipe out the difficult days of 2020 by means of a secure, comforting, relaxing and most of all positive program! More than 70 activities are planned!

The War Heritage Institute/Royal Military Museum of course participates and presents you with a varied program on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October.


1/ The visit/workshop “Point of view: framing” makes it possible to discover the new tempora
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Bastogne Barracks welcomes you with observance of all security measures!
  • Self-guided visits only (no guided tours)! To be visited: the large hall with the Second World War vehicles.

  • The McAuliffe section is not accessible.

  • When? Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.

  • Reservation mandatory : Booking.bastogne@warheritage.be

  • Paying access

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Follow the webinar “City of Sudden Death 75 years later” on Friday 4 September at 8 p.m. Historians Koen Palinckx and Pieter Serrien discuss the V-bomb terror in Antwerp in an online double interview. Koen Palinckx presides the War Heritage Institute's Board of Directors.

Register through www.mas.be/nl/activiteit/city-sudden-death-75-jaar-later - Webinar in Dutch.

October 1944: The German occupation of Antwerp has come to an end and the German army seems to be expelled from Belgium. However, between October 1944 and March 1945 the city is ravaged by V1 and V2 bombs launched from Germany and the Netherla...

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