Canada War Museum - Adegem - Belgium

Address: Heulendonk 21, Adegem (See map)
Telephone: +32 (0)50-710666

Shop: no shop present
Restaurant/refreshments: restaurant
Size of the museum/site: medium
Year of visit: 2000

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Description: Canadian forces played an important role in the liberation of Flanders. The Canada War Museum was opened in 1995 to pay tribute to these men who chased the axis oppressors out of large parts of Flanders. The museum has a very nice film about the Canadians in action during the fighting around the Scheldt estuary, trying to set the way free for the use of the port of Antwerp (which considerably shortened the over-stretched Allied supply lines).

Great propaganda posters and a big diorama definitely form the highlights. Also interesting are the various small items scattered around the museum: especially the German badges commemorating the battles for the Crimea and Stalingrad.

The very enthusiastic host (and owner) will be pleased to give you plenty of background information when you drop by to visit his museum.

Sherman tank at the museum entrance.

Canadien soldiers armed to the teeth.

British machinegun.

Canadien dugout with machinegun (front), anti-tank rifle and mortar (back).

Nazi propaganda poster for the Low Countries. Britain is depicted as a monstrous dragon. The text says "Fight with us", trying to convince the viewer to join the nazis in their struggle against the 'enemies of Europe'.

Nazi propaganda poster for occupied Belgium and The Netherlands. It was published after the Dieppe raid (a small Allied landing attempt in France, before D-day). The Dutch text translates to "Awaiting the enemies of Europe", persuading the public that the German Atlantik Wal would stop any attempt of the Allied 'enemies' to 'invade' Europe.