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The Hague (ANP-BELGA). On Monday the Retrieval and Identification Service of the Dutch Army launched the excavation of the wreckage of a German fighter downed in Dalfsen (in the north east of the Netherlands) in 1944. The police have indicated that the pilot might still be on board. The airplane, a Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf109, crashed in the province of Overijssel on February 1, 1944. German and allied aviators then fought heavily in the east of the Netherlands. Eight German pilots were taken down; four of them are still missing to this day.

The Dutch territory probably counts some thirty to forty wrecks con...

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Some literary comfort in these trying times. Tournai-born painter Fernand Allard l’Olivier (1883-1933) will be put in the limelight through an impressive monograph published on November 4. Through reproductions of hitherto unpublished works and personal documents (travel diaries, private correspondence, sketches, etc.) we are able to discover the incredible destiny of this painter-adventurer. The book takes us from Tournai to Yanonge, over Paris and Algiers. Fernand Allard l’Olivier, war reporter, painter of travel scenes, academic artist and illustrator, son of a family of recognized lithographers, is a many-f...

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Joseph "Jeff" Moureau, the last Belgian pilot to have fought in a Belgian squadron of the British Royal Air Force (RAF), has passed away at the age of 99, the Belgian Air Force announced on Thursday.

"With sadness, the Belgian Air Force bids farewell to Belgium’s last surviving World War II Spitfire fighter pilot,” it tweeted, adding, "Blue skies forever...".

Joseph Moureau was born in Jette (Brussels) on 13 April 1921 and travelled to Great Britain in 1940, with his twin brother Alfred. They both joined the RAF as pilots, qualifying on the Spitfire after lengthy training. They were deployed in the 349th S...

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Dear visitors,

Following the new measures taken by the Flemish government to fight the Corona virus and to stem the new wave of contaminations, in place since Thursday October 29, 2020, the national Fortress of Breendonk, the Trench of Death in Diksmuide, Gunfire in Brasschaat and the Command Bunker Kemmel are also closed from this date till further notice.

During the whole period our sites are closed the War Heritage Institute will not allow visitors presenting gifts or loans of objects and archives. In view of the gravity of the pandemic we ask those concerned for their comprehension.

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Dear visitors

In response to the evolution of the corona pandemic and the problems in our hospitals, Mr Benoît LUTGEN, mayor of the city of Bastogne, announced a number of security measures. From this Wednesday 28th October 2020 on and until 19th November, all indoor activities (sport, leisure, culture), apart from compulsory education, are strictly forbidden throughout the city.

Our Bastogne Barracks site will therefore be closed from Wednesday 28th October onwards.

During the whole period our sites are closed the War Heritage Institute will not allow visitors presenting gifts or loans of objects and archi...

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The Minister-President of the Brussels Region, Rudi Vervoort, has announced that, in order to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the Brussels Region, all cultural sites will be closed as of Monday 26 October until new health provisions authorise their reopening. We would therefore like to inform our visitors that the Royal Museum of the Army and Military History will be closed from this Tuesday 27 October onwards (since Monday is our usual closing day).

Due to the new sanitary measures, the reading rooms of the documentation centre will also be closed from Monday 26 October until 19 November 2020....

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After the spectacular move of the Yser/Congo/Meuse panoramas in early October 2020, some 45 historical objects were transferred from the Sart-Hulet (Jambes) barracks to the Ypres barracks in the week of 12 to 16 October 2020. The move was induced by the closure of the Jambes barracks and the partial installation in the Amay barracks of the Museum of Military Engineering originally housed in the Sart-Hulet polygon.

Defence had already transferred most of the Military Engineering Museum objects (all part of the WHI collections) to Amay, as the Sart-Hulet polygon will be put up for sale. However, all objects...

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The Brotherhood of Political Prisoners of the Neuengamme concentration camp was created 75 years ago, on 15 October 1945. We wanted to organize a large commemorative ceremony and hold our annual meeting at the Royal Military Museum in Brussels, with a visit of the new permanent exhibition “War - Occupation - Liberation”.

Because of COVID-19 it proved impossible to participate in the ceremony for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Neuengamme concentration camp on 3 May 2020.

At 12 a.m. we have therefore deposited a wreath under the large wall picture “The political prisoners in a concentration ca...

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The annual commemoration of Fort Breendonk was rather special this year due to the restrictions.

In the presence of the representative of H.M. the King and High representatives homage was given with a virtual commemoration live on Facebook. You can rewatch the commemoration here: www.facebook.com/1928390034103078/videos/320955945667066

Photos ©WHI VANdenSTEEN

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Temporary exhibition –From 01.10.2020 till 30.03.2021

In the framework of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the discovery of the horror of the camps the War Heritage Institute sets up an exceptional photographic exhibition at the Royal Military Museum.

Retroacts

In September 2019 Luc Mary-Rabine, a Belgian photographer and author, presents the War Heritage Institute with 242 original prints. The two series are entitled “Si je t’oublie” (If I forget you), a series dedicated to deportation and “De guerre en guerre” (From one war to the next), a series about the traces of the two wo...

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