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16 August 1897. The Belgica is about to leave Antwerp harbour for Antarctica. A team of international scientists boarded the ship. They are looking forward to making countless discoveries… and so is Colin, a young boy dreaming of adventure. They don’t yet know that the perilous journey to what could be seen as the end of the world will hold quite some surprises. We’re off to the white continent!

After the successful Pipo the war dog about the Great War and Belle-Fleur about life in the coalmines, our youth author Sandrine Place wrote a new book: Belgica. An Adventure in Antarctica (illustrations by Stéphanie...

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Did you know that the WHI staff counts artists, creators, teachers … and writers?

In her leisure time Sandrine Place, our colleague from the Educational Service, puts pen to paper to tell children about history and heritage in a playful way. Today we present her first youth book, Pipo, the war dog, published in 2014 by Renaissance du Livre (illustrated by Marie de Salle).

August 1914: Belgium is dragged into the war. The Yser flatland becomes the scene of fierce combat. Pipo, a dog whose farm was bombed, meets René, a soldier on his way to join his regiment in Dixmude. As time goes by, Pipo and René becom...

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On 11 November 1918 the guns on the Western Front finally fell silent. Some of Belgium’s finest historians explain how their country struggled back to its feet after four long years of wartime misery. Many towns and villages had been razed to the ground and the Belgian coastal region had been transformed into a giant moonscape. Factories had been plundered and harbour installations destroyed. Unemployment was at unprecedented levels and sickness and disease weakened the population. To make matters worse, there was an acute shortage of food. The human cost of the First World War was also immense: society as a whol...

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The ultimate retrospective study of Belgium during the Second World War!

The Second World War remains to this day the most notorious period in Belgian history. Seventy-five years after the liberation, the debate on the dark years of war is still raging. With this new reference work on Belgium and the Second World War, historians and other specialists from various research centres take stock: How did the war affect Belgian society?

War. Occupation. Liberation maps out all facets of war and goes beyond the lines of traditional war history. The authors not only reconstruct the military operations and the comple...

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By the end of the Second World War Europe is in shambles. Its industry is a mere shadow of its former self and the continent hardly has any weight on the international scene. The major world powers distrust one another. The bloody 1939-1945 armed conflict turns into another kind of struggle, the “Cold War”. In 1946 Winston Churchill evokes an “Iron Curtain” dividing Europe in two rival halves and creating two German States. The curtain becomes a physical reality in 1961, when the Berlin Wall is built. Two world visions oppose one another and support different unification strategies. The federalists defend a Europ...

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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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