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 could not be housed in Amay.
The WHI therefore transferred 45 of them (the oldest ones and the least significative for Military Engineering) to the Ypres barracks. A private removal firm hired by our institution ensured transport and the entire operation was closely monitored by two very efficient WHI collaborators, Chris Van Esbroeck and Pascal Godefroid.
The move had initially been planned for March 2020, but corona of course decided otherwise. There also were some problems with licences (regional laws and environment), unexpected road works, the large lorries and the loading and unloading of the items (old and fragile equipment). Work even continued after dark, moreover in quite harsh weather conditions.
Everything worked out eventually, after four long days of hard labour and thanks to the unlimited efforts by our two staff members, the Ypres barracks military staff and the removal company crews.
Heartfelt thanks to all of them!