Historische Verzameling Korps Nationale Reserve - Harskamp - The Netherlands

Address: Otterloseweg 5, Harskamp (See map)
Telephone: +31 (0)341-561441
Website: not available

Shop: shop present
Restaurant/refreshments: not available
Size of the museum/site: small
Year of visit: 2002
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Description: "De Nationale Reserve" (National Reserves) was established in 1948. This mainly because the regular Dutch army was for a large part detached in Indonesia and the situation in the world at the moment (starting of the Cold War) asked for soldiers to defend the homeland. The colours of the National Reserves Corps are clean. So they haven't seen any action, which of course is a good thing.

Nowadays the Reserves specialise in the protection and guarding of vital and strategic points in The Netherlands like bridges, floodgates, military bases and powerstations in case of conflicts, war or a terrorist attack. Should a disaster occur (flooding for instance) they assist the local authorities in all kinds of activities. There are 2800 soldiers who serve in this corps.

Now what can you see in this museum? In the museum you'll find all the weapons used by the Reserves in their existence. Uniforms, pictures and the predecessors of the Reserves the "Rijksschutterijen" (1813-1907) and the "Landstormkorpsen" (1918-1940). The Infantry Museum and "Museum Infanterie Schietkamp Harskamp" are also part of the park in which this museum is situated.

Entrance of the museum.

Drums and flags used in parades by the National Reserves.

Liaison equipment in the seventies.

Various machineguns, rifles and anti-tank weapons used by the National Reserves in their short history.

Predecessors of the National Reserves: "De Landstorm". Which were active between 1918 and 1940.

No armour, but jeeps and trucks are used by the Reserves.