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The Canada-Poland WWII Museum in Adegem (Flanders, Belgium) was opened on June 28th, 1995. This private museum managed by volunteers retraces the Battle of the Scheldt and the last stage of the liberation of Flanders. It aims to pay tribute to the Polish and Canadian troops who took part in the liberation. The museum’s exhibition presents several dioramas showing military action from WWII with uniforms, weapons stations, posters, equipment, and more. An original 20 minutes film about the Battle of the Scheldt is also featured.
In September 2019, to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Flanders, the museum opened a new exhibition room entirely devoted to the 1st Polish Armoured Division and General Stanislaw Maczek. The new room is not filled with photos and texts, but rather with more than fifty life-size mannequins wearing authentic costumes worn by Polish soldiers during the war. It also features a series of realistic battlefields from authentic scenery of the liberated area of Aalter-Maldegem, war vehicles and boats, animations with real stories from 1944, and panoramas representing the Battle of the Scheldt Pocket and Leopold canal.
From April to September: 10 AM – 6 PM
From October to March: 12 AM – 6 PM
Closed on Monday and Tuesday
On September 8 Canada-Poland War Museum in Adegem is opening the biggest new Polish exhibition for commemorations of liberation of Flanders by the 1st Polish Armoured Division under command of General Stanislaw Maczek.
In August 1944 the Allies broke out of Normandy. The speed of the allied advance was so great that they outran their supply lines. In early September the advance came to a halt. The Allies desperately needed a large port to supply their troops and the obvious choice was Antwerp.
“For our freedom and yours” – reads the inscription in Polish, French and Flemish. It is carved on the wall of memory, crowned with a six meter tall cross. It is located in the biggest Polish cemetery in Belgium. Those who lie there fought just for that.
Wanting to commemorate the 1st Armoured Division, the city of Sint-Niklaas ordered a monument from Zygmunt Dobrzycki, a Polish sculptor and painter renowned in France and Belgium. That is how the most original of the monuments commemorating general Maczek’s soldiers was created.
On 2 September 1944 allied troops crossed the Belgian border at diverse places. The process of liberation went fast: in ten days a large majority of the country was liberated. But it did not put an end to the German occupation. Two months later Hitler surprised the Allies with his last offensive: the Battle of the Bulge.
The Liberation Museum Zeeland takes us back to a special part of Zeelands history. During the Second World War Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen of various nationalities united in the fight against the German occupation forces. This struggle resulted in a lot of dead and wounded on both sides. The local population in Zeeland also suffered heavy casualties.