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The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, located in the Jubelpark (Jubileepark) in Brussels, presents thousands of unique and amazing objects, stemming from ten ages of military history. Not only uniforms and prestigious distinctions, but also works of art, musical instruments and an exceptional collection of planes, guns and tanks. One gallery is dedicated to the Second World War.
In 1910 the Worldexhibition in Brussels presented a section of military history to the public, with great succes. A decade later the authorities decided to create a military museum within the context of the great political and military tensions in Europe, in and after the First World War. This Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, opened in 1923, gives a presentation of ten ages of military history. It tells this history from a national and an international perspective and places it in a social and scientific context. The museum functions as a scientific institution and has three departments: military history, technology and scientific documentation and research.
The museum, that is housed in the two northernmost halls of the complex, presents a unique collection. Not just its 40,000 m2, but its diversity and the importance of the objects makes it one of the world’s largest and most important military museums. It offers an overview of what takes place in the military and its impact on society.
The Bordiau Gallery is dedicated to the large 20th century conflicts. It focuses on the last months of the Great War, on the interbellum and on the Second World War. Next to outfits and arms of key figures from these periods, it presents numerous personal belongings of anonymous soldiers and civilians.
The permanent exhibition in the Bourdiau Gallery is to be completed with new presentations about the German occupation of Belgium (1940-1944), the liberation (1944-1945), the nazi-ideology and race policy (1933-1945) and the war in the Pacific (1937-1945).
Belgium was liberated and the Second World War came to an end 75 years ago. Defence and the War Heritage Institute (WHI), in joint operation with numerous partners, have developed a national anniversary program. The commemorative year is launched on
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.
Charles of Belgium, brother of King Leopold III, was Regent of Belgium from September 1944 to July 1950. Nine governments followed one after the other during this regency, which was marked by the Royal Question and the post war restoration of the country’s economic activity.
Belgium’s different regions all offer unique experiences: Wallonia is dotted with picturesque sites and the lush Belgian Ardennes, while Flanders houses the renowned medieval cities of Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp. Brussels, capital of both Belgium and Europe, holds a unique
On 13 July 1944, the military administration which had been in place since 28 May 1940 and headed by General von Falkenhausen was replaced by a civilian administration under the authority of the SS. This change came about at the behest of the Führer, who considered the military administration too lax in its fight against the resistance.