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- Starts: 31/08/2019 7:00 pm
- Ends: 31/08/2019 11:00 pm
The Liberation Ball will be organised by the Mons Memorial Museum in Belgium on the 31st of August in 2019.
Enjoy yourself at the Ball where you can dance to jazz music of Glen Miller and other post-war bands in vintage clothing.
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 Bastogne War Museum represents a new way to remember the Second World War in Belgium. It offers a fresh perception in a modern and interactive framework of the causes, events and consequences of the Second World War, with a special focus on the Ardennes counteroffensive: the Battle of the Bulge.
In July 1942 Kazerne Dossin (Dossin Barrack), a former military base in Mechelen, was designated Sammellager, a transit camp for Jews, Roma and Sinti. Between July 1942 and September 1944, thousands of Jews and gypsies were transported from here to concentration camps in Germany. Nowadays, Kazerne Dossin is a Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre on Holocaust and Human Rights.
The German War Cemetery in Lommel is the largest German military cemetery in Western Europe, outside of Germany. Just over 39,100 German soldiers were buried here. Most of them fell during WWII but a small part of the 16 acres holds 542 graves from WWI that were formerly buried in a cemetery in Leopoldsburg, Belgium.
2019 will be marked by the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. On the 13, 14, and 15th of December, the Bastogne War Museum will take part in the NUTS Weekend, just like the rest of the city of Bastogne. A series of events will be organised during these three days.
The Bastogne Barracks Museum was opened in 2010. It is located in the barracks that accomodated the Allied Headquarters during the Ardennes Offensive in 1944. Restored parts of the barracks exhibit a collection of materials used in the fighting. The so called Nuts-basement shows the office where General McAuliffe spoke the famous word ‘Nuts’,that had a major influence on the outcome of the Offensive.