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In the framework of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the discovery of the horror of the Nazi camps, this book shows the remains of the concentration camps and extermination centres today. The venues, photographed in black-and-white by Luc Mary-Rabine, are now deserted, but they nevertheless indicate what took place there. The silence engenders a train of thought. Nature has somewhat obliterated the horror and re- established its rights. This gives rise to hope: “not ever again”.

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On May 8 1945 the Second World War came to an end in Europe. Take a moment to reflect upon that event today and commemorate the countless heroes who went the extra mile to defend our liberty. Together we have to safeguard their memory.

You feel like diving into history to learn exactly how the Allies beat the Germans? Come and see us this weekend and discover our exhibition about ’40-’45!

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The panorama on top of the triumphal arch will not be accessible to the public on Sunday the 9th of May 2021 due to circumstances.

We thank you for your understanding.

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On Monday 26 April the C-130 'CH-13' performed its ultimate flight after nine years of “good and loyal services” with the Melsbroek 15th Wing. Accompanied by two F-16s and followed by an A400-M Atlas the airplane with the ever so characteristic silhouette landed for the very last time at Beauvechain airbase.

Defence bought twelve C-130H-Hercules in 1972 to replace the C-119 Fairchild Flying Boxcar. During their – very – long career they flew countless military and humanitarian missions. Since 2017 the planes are progressively being withdrawn, to be replaced by the Airbus A400-M Atlas. Defence asked the War H...

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The diversity and richness of the Military Museum collections, moreover presented in a magnificent architecture, doubtlessly surprise! For this nocturne we focus on foreign collections. Testimonials of far-away countries and quaint objects take you on an imaginary trip, perhaps even on board one of the flying machines in the incredible aviation collection.

On the program: • guided tours mixing the non-European collections at the Museum of Art and History with the exotic collections at the Military Museum with, as icing on the cake, a secret passageway to go from one museum to the other; • a world tour throu...

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70 years ago Raymond Behr and Auguste Pallemans, volunteers for Korea, witnessed the events of the "forgotten war" from up close. They tell us their stories.

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For Earth Day 2021, on 22 April, ICOM (International Council of Museums) joins the “United for Biodiversity” initiative, in order to sensitize for the need to protect biodiversity and to make greater efforts in the museum and cultural sectors. Museums are sources of reliable information and therefore particularly suited to rouse communities to generate positive actions, to promote respect for all things living and the systems of the earth on which the future of our planet hinges. At the Royal Military Museum the “Antarctica” gallery provides visitors with the opportunity to dive into the expeditions our country l...

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When the war breaks out Victor is billeted in one of the forts around Antwerp but when the Belgian army retreats behind the Yser he switches to the 5th Army Division and its trench artillery. Contrary to the colleagues with the field artillery who fight quite some distance away from the frontline the trench artillerists are in close contact with enemy positions and therefore exposed to great danger. They are rapidly located by the Germans. On 29 June 1915 Victor is hit by German fire. He dies at the Alveringem first aid post and is laid to rest in a temporary grave. On 27 August 1922 Victor’s coffin is transferre...

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The forgotten war in Korea, 70 years ago - On 22 April 2021 Defence and the War Heritage Institute commemorate the first attack involving Belgian troops in Korea. That day we honour the volunteers for Korea (pictures from Padre Vander Goten’s photo collection).

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Discovering the Military Museum is not only wandering through various galleries in order to analyse successive wars. It is of course much more, but do you actually know that? Visiting the Royal Military Museum also is admiring the Historic Gallery!

The gallery contains an exceptional array of uniforms and weapons illustrating the Belgian army in the 19th century, an era in which the industrial revolution produced new and modern destructive gear. All over the world, from Mexico to Rome, from Portugal to the Congo, from Guatemala to the USA, in Cairo, in Peking and in South Africa wars of a new kind were bein...

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