Museum Infanterie Schietkamp Harskamp - Harskamp - The Netherlands

Address: Otterloseweg 5, Harskamp (See map)
Telephone: +31 (0)318-454495
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: Many Dutch soldiers have had their shooting exercises on this base. They were and still are being trained in handling rifles, machineguns and anti-tank guns. The "Schietkamp museum" was openend to show the evolution of training techniques throughout the years and to explain a little about the present day function of the Schietkamp.

The museum doesn't just cover the training activities of the soldiers, but also gives you a chance to have a peak into their everyday life, how they were housed and how they spent their spare time. This is done with the help of pictures and nice life-like dioramas. Over the last century the people in the village of Harskamp and the "Schietkamp Harskamp" (army base) have become closely related in both a social and an economic way, which is portrayed in a diorama showing a scene in a local bar, where infantrymen came to socialise with the locals, spend their money and basically get drunk. Apart from the pictures and dioramas, a lot of rifles and guns which were used over the years, are on display.

Just like the Infantry Museum and the National Reserves Museum situated closeby, this exhibition makes a neat impression and is well organised. Visiting all three museums makes a trip to Harskamp worthwile.

Sign warning that there is a shooting exercise going on.

Tent used for housing soldiers during exercises before World War II.

Scale-model of a tent.

Photograph of shooting exercises.

A lot of photos are used to illustrate the activities and history of the "Schietkamp Harskamp".

One soldier uses his weapon to support the other's weapon while shooting at airplanes.

Browning machinegun.

Assorted anti-tank weapons used by the Dutch armed forces.