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Two War Heritage Institute sites will once again be accessible to the public as of Tuesday 1 December 2020: the Royal Military Museum (Brussels) and the National Memorial of Fort Breendonk (Willebroek).

Reservation is mandatory, either by email or by phone (during opening hours):

  • Royal Military Museum (open from Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.):
  • National Memorial of Fort Breendonk (open from Monday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.):

Following measures will however h...

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“CS, Mil, TAG, Bon, Gn.,…”: For those unfamiliar with military slang these letters merely are a few incomprehensible abbreviations. The Belgian War Dead Register helps you out with an explanatory list.

A short version is featured here: www.wardeadregister.be/en/military-abbreviations

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In the night of November 17 to 18 Ilse Bogaerts (curator of the uniforms and iconographic collections), Hannes Vanwymelbeke and Elle Jacobs (Remembrance Service) participated in an international on line conference entitled “Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Korean War: Roles and Challenges of War Museums and Memorials”.

The War Memorial of Korea, who organized the conference, gave the floor to various museums, who each in turn presented the lessons learnt and the experiences gained while studying various conflicts. The accent was put on which story to tell and how to pass this story on to future...

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He chose to go by the name of FALO: Fernand Allard l’Olivier was one of the official Belgian army painters in the early 20th century. The Military Museum was to set up a temporary presentation of his work, but COVID decided otherwise. The Museum staff was nevertheless happy to rediscover his paintings in a new book dedicated to him.

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Paul Sobol, one of the last Auschwitz witnesses, passed away yesterday, aged 93.

Paul Sobol was one of the very last Belgian witnesses of the Auschwitz horrors. He was born in 1926, of Jewish descent, was arrested in Brussels with his entire family on 13 June 1944 and deported with the XXVIth convoy from Mechelen to Auschwitz on 31 July 1944.

On the scene he narrowly escaped immediate extermination in the gas chambers. He was selected for labour and experienced the terrible ordeal of life in the concentration camps. He was liberated by the Russian troops in January 1945: he had survived his deportation.

As...

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The WHI continues working, even in times of corona virus. Our collegue Wannes Devos indeed gave an on line conference for VUB History master students. His lecture broached the subject of the presentation of the Second World War (1944-2019) at the Royal Military Museum.

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In these corona virus times it is best to stay home as much as possible. However, an open-air visit to a local cemetery is possible, especially when observing the security measures. Numerous graves are marked by a commemorative Pro Patria plaque.

The First World War ended on November 11, 1918. November 11 is the designated day on which we remember all Belgian soldiers fallen in combat during the First and Second World Wars, as we also remember Our Forgotten Heroes. Following the end of hostilities in 1918 and 1945, many of the Belgian soldiers fallen in combat were buried in a military cemetery or a military p...

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Just like in the Mons local cemetery, commemorative Pro Patria plaques adorn war graves all over the country. They are posted by both enthusiastic volunteers and local authorities (French speaking video).

Wish to know more about Belgian military casualties and our forgotten heroes? Go to www.wardeadregister.be!

The 'Our Forgotten Heroes 14-18' initiative was started by the WHI in 2018, marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Their memory lives on where they spent their lives, as numerous municipalities have lent their support to this project. The result of this is that 3,700 'Pro ...

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Our Forgotten Heroes are kept alive in memory through the commitment of countless volunteers and local authorities. The local cemetery of Slypskapelle is one of the many examples (video in English).

Wish to know more about Belgian military casualties? Go to www.wardeadregister.be

www.wardeadregister.be, the Belgian War Dead Register strives to provide as much biographical information as possible about each fallen soldier, for example: birthplace, date of birth, children, military rank and burial site. In the War Graves Commission archive, you can find the original index card for most of the fallen soldiers...

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You wish to know more about the First World War as the 1918 Armistice is just a few days away? You’re looking for information to discuss the subject with your (grand)children? You’re a teacher and have to prepare a lesson about 14-18?

A visit to our collections, a guided tour, an animation or a workshop is not possible right now, and the Educational Service therefore grouped various information elements especially for you.

Two brand-new and very complete educational files about 14-18 have been added to the existing ones. They can be downloaded through www.klm-mra.be free of charge (Available in French...

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