European Military Museums

PzIV Tiger, Halle 1, Deutsches Panzermuseum, Munster
PzIV Tiger, Halle 1, Deutsches Panzermuseum, Munster.

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European Military Museums

Airborne Museum 'Hartenstein' Oosterbeek. Founded in 1949 in tribute to the British and Polish Airborne Troops of Operation Market Garden. Utrechtseweg 232, 6862 AZ Oosterbeek (Near Arnhem). +31 026-3337710
The Brussels Royal Museum of the Army and Military History contains about one hundred thousand items, including tanks and aircraft, ranking among the top military museums in the world. Jubelpark, Parc du Cinquantenaire 3, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.
The French Army Museum (Le Musée de l'Armée). HÔTEL NATIONAL DES INVALIDES 129, RUE DE GRENELLE - 75700 PARIS 07 SP
The Carentan Historical Center is an educational, cultural and historical campus on historical ground in Normandy, France. During the Normandy Invasion of World War II, Carentan lay between the Omaha and Utah assault beaches and was the object of violent fighting before American troops linked up there on 13 June 1944. The Carentan Historical Center recalls the events surrounding the liberation of 1944.
La Coupole. A modern museum for the V2 and other missiles, in a giant concrete dome, which was built (and never finished) to launch V2 missiles to London. Located 5 km from Saint-Omer, not far from Calais. Centre d'histoire de la guerre et des fusees, BP No. 284, 62504 Saint-Omer, France. +33 3 21 93 07 07, +33 3 21 39 21 45 fax. (Suggested by Andreas Mehlhorn)
The Dutch National War and Resistance Museum presents the history of the Second World War, from the German invasion and occupation, the Resistance and persecution, and the Liberation, with special attention to the Battle at Overloon. Liberty Park, Museumpark 1, 5825 AM Overloon. 0478-641250, 0478-642405 fax.
Musée des Blindés (Armor Museum), Saumur, France. Superb collection of armored vehicles of all kinds from around the world with history and its technical evolution since WW I to the present times. This museum is reputed to have the largest armor collection in the world. 1043, route de Fontevraud, 49400 Saumur, France. +33 02 41 83 69 95, +33 02 41 83 69 90 fax.
Musée Mémorial Omaha Beach. Large museum with indoor and outdoor displays of military vehicles, arms, uniforms and equipment on the site of Omaha Beach. rue de la mer, 14710 St. Laurent Sur Mer, France. +33 (0)2 31 21 97 44, + 33 (0)2 31 92 72 80 fax.
The Gen. George C. Marshall Ground Transportation Museum in The Netherlands is a memorial to the General and to the trucks, jeeps, armor and other vehicles which were so instrumental to the Allied victory in World War II in Europe. The founder of Army Cars Holland bv, Jaap de Groot, provided the essential effort to create and launch this institution. Noordweg 15A, 3336 LH Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands. +31 78 6205881
Musée de la Radio. The Château de Creully, which houses the museum, was one of the first HQ used by the British after D-Day. On June 12, 1944, Churchill visited Montgomery here. The museum has radios of the military and the resistance from the war years. Château de Creully, 14480 Creully, France. +33 02 31 80 18 65
Museum für historische Wehrtechnik. Military technology (weapons, munitions, optical, electronics...) from two world wars. Heinrich-Diehl-Straße, 90550 Röthenbach/Pegnitz (near Nuremberg), Germany. +49 09120 9168, +49 09120 181472 fax.
Panzermuseum Munster is the biggest tank and military vehicle museum in Germany exhibiting over 30 vehicles of the Army from 1955 to the present: motorcycles, wheeled vehicles, armored personnel carriers, armored reconnaissance vehicles, tank hunters, and battle tanks. Weapons, uniforms and other military artifacts as well. Hans-Krüger Straße 33, 29633 Munster. +49 05192 2552, +49 05192 3587 fax. (Thanks to Andreas Mehlhorn for this suggestion.)

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