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G'day all,

I am in the planning stages for my next trip to the UK and Europe and am particularly keen to visit some military museums of France, Germany and Belgium that will help me gain a broader perspective of the Great War and other conflicts (I'd do Russia as well if it wasn't so restrictive). Being here in Australia I don't know of many, or more particularly where they are located, and would greatly appreciate any recommendations, advice, addresses and weblinks.

The thread could possibly also be seen as a way to make a one-stop thread to all of the "must see" museums and collections for all to use.

Greatly looking forward to your input,

Regards,

Hendo

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Hi Hendo, see below for two MUST SEE museums in Belgium. The one at Zonnebeke is in my opinion one the very best anywhere and you must visit. The one at Hooge on the Menin rd is also highly recommended. I dare say that many other suggestions will be forthcoming but please do not miss these two.

Museum Zonnebeke

http://www.passchendaele.be/eng/museumEN.html

Museum Hooge Crater

http://www.hoogecrater.com/en/museum

Regards

Norman

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I don't know where in Germany you're planning to visit, but if in the area, the Zeppelin Museum at Friedrichshafen is wonderful. Its location on the edge of the Bodensee (Lake Konstanz), looking across to Switzerland and Austria, is superb and there are lots of pleasurable things to do in the area.

Zeppelin Museum

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The In Flanders Field museum in Ypres (Ieper), the Historial in Peronne, and I know some people don't like it but the Hill 62 museum at Sanctuary Wood is worth a call, and is quite near the Hooge museum which I agree is very good.

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Seadog and pmaasz, Thank you, I will lbe revisiting each as part of a few days around Ypre and the Somme, going over places I missed in 2005.

Steve, Thank you for those two, I did not get to them in 2005 are their Belgium Army Museums I could visit, as well as similar French and German ones handing to the border area (Though I can travel further by ICE Train) Does Bavaria have a museum of its soldiers service?

Cheers,

Hendo

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Jack Sheldon gave me a tip about this one. Utterly brilliant. The main hall of the castle is occupied by regimental colours of various Bavarian regiments - jaw-dropping.

Bavarian Army Museum

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G'day all,

I am in the planning stages for my next trip to the UK and Europe and am particularly keen to visit some military museums of France, Germany and Belgium that will help me gain a broader perspective of the Great War and other conflicts (I'd do Russia as well if it wasn't so restrictive). Being here in Australia I don't know of many, or more particularly where they are located, and would greatly appreciate any recommendations, advice, addresses and weblinks.

The thread could possibly also be seen as a way to make a one-stop thread to all of the "must see" museums and collections for all to use.

Greatly looking forward to your input,

Regards,

Hendo

Peronne Museum. Verdun and Hooge crater.

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no one mention the best museum in ieper up by the lille gate !!

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Just a small selection of personal favourites

Belgium:

Hooge Crater - Nr Ypres

Passendale Museum - Zonnebeke

Atlantic Wall Museum - Nr Ostend

Royal Army Museum - Brussels

France:

Fleury - Verdun

La Linge - Nr Munster

Historial - Perrone

Wellington Quarries- Arras

Germany

Tank Museum - Munster

Iain

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Jack Sheldon gave me a tip about this one. Utterly brilliant. The main hall of the castle is occupied by regimental colours of various Bavarian regiments - jaw-dropping.

Bavarian Army Museum

Is the collection of colours as good as the set at the Musée de l'Armée, Invalides? I tripped over my jaw in the Turenne room and Soliders Chapel. I was very much hoping to elicit the Bavarian Museum Link!

Thanks to Broomers' I have found these links:

Royal Military Museum of Belgium

Prague Military Museums

A Great Resource of European and UK Military Museums

French Armour Museum English Page

Cheers,

Hendo

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Jasmor I totally agree. I did expect a "theme park" type of experience in the dugout but no, it was remarkable and is highly recommended. When I took a party of adults to the dugout experience two of them would not proceed and actually retraced their steps as it is so realistic. This experience plus the superb exhibits of mining warfare on the Salient were the high points for me. I know this will sound silly but I have stood outside the museum and tried to work out how the dugout experience is actually constructed and I still cannot. If anyone can add details of those who conceived this superb place plus those who designed the exhibits I would be very grateful. So far I have not visited any WW1 museum that has impressed me as much as Zonnebeke. Finally the setting of the Museum in the Chateau grounds certainly adds to the experience. For the quality of the exhibits the Museum under the Basilica in Albert on the Somme also gets my vote every time.

Albert Museum here:

http://www.warmuseums.nl/gal/144gal.htm

Norman

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Royal Military Museum in Brussels is a personal favourite, though I've not yet done a battlefield tour (shame!!!) so I'm watching the suggestions roll in with interest.

Gwyn

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G'day all,

I am in the planning stages for my next trip to the UK and Europe and am particularly keen to visit some military museums of France, Germany and Belgium that will help me gain a broader perspective of the Great War and other conflicts (I'd do Russia as well if it wasn't so restrictive). Being here in Australia I don't know of many, or more particularly where they are located, and would greatly appreciate any recommendations, advice, addresses and weblinks.

The thread could possibly also be seen as a way to make a one-stop thread to all of the "must see" museums and collections for all to use.

Greatly looking forward to your input,

Regards,

Hendo

There's a brilliant one in Maldon (Essex) UK - Combined

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There's a brilliant one in Maldon (Essex) UK - Combined

Sorry - don't know what happened there! As I was saying - Combined Military Services Museum in Maldon, Essex. Started as one man's collection (a mate of mine) now on three floors and with a massive range of stuff thanks to Lottery Grants and donations of material from MoD collections etc. A real hidden gem. A Great War exhibition on at the moment.

Regards.

SPN

Maldon

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Fleury Memorial at Verdun,

Jean-Paul de Vries's amazing personal collection at Romagne-sous-Montfaucon: http://www.romagne14-18.com/en/exposition-guided-walks.html

the Mine Warfare museum at the Butte de Vauquois: http://pagesperso-orange.fr/vauquois.guerre.14.18/

To see this one you'll need to be there on the morning of the first Sunday in the month

Christina

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I think a museum that can not be missed is the one on the top floor of the Marie in Frommeles, but you do need to phone in advance, they will open it for you, they like at least a week! If there is a annerversary happing then it will be open, you can also ask if it is possable to visit the mortor pit and the bunkers they have been opening while you are there!

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The Franco-Australian Museum, at Villers-Bretonneux, nr Amiens;

within a few km of it, there is also the Australian National Memorial, and the Australian Corps Memorial Park, at Le Hamel (though neither of these two is a museum).

Fromelles museum is excellent, and of course you would want to see the Cobbers memorial on the site of the battle there, as well as the adjacent VC Corner cemetery.

Angela

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Its been said before but the Royal Military Museum in Brussels is really really fine, first visit this year but going back next year.

If you want to see a 2nd World War Railway gun, Battery Todt

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Thanks for flagging up Batterie Todt Marti, It gives me an excuse to post this. Well worth a visit.

The WW2 German K5 280mm (11 inch) railway gun brought from Russia. This is one of only two surviving examples, the other one being at Aberdeen Proving Ground USA.

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