- Starts: 07/06/2019 10:00 am
- Ends: 03/01/2021 5:00 pm
Exhibition about the war and the North Sea, the liberation of the Belgian coast, the operations around Walcheren and the shipwrecks at the bottom of the sea.
The 15-ton anti-aircraft gun from HMS Roberts, which participated in the Normandy landings on 6 June and in the Walcheren operations, is part of the exhibition.
The exhibition is a collaboration between the War Heritage Institute, the Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee, Westtoer and Seafront.
The inauguration of the exhibition takes place on Friday, June 7, 2019. The exhibition can then be visited from June 8, 2019 to January 3, 2021.
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.
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.