Oorlogsmuseum Tweede Wereldoorlog - Ossendrecht - The Netherlands

Address: Putseweg 60, Ossendrecht. (See map)
Telephone: +31 (0)164-674534
Website: www.oorlogsmuseumossendrecht.nl

Shop: no shop present
Restaurant/refreshments: not available
Size of the museum/site: medium
Year of visit: 2002
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Description: The Dutch province of Zeeland, mainly consisting of several islands and waterways in the south-western part of The Netherlands, has seen some bitter fighting during World War II. Although the occupation by German SS-forces in 1940 went relatively quickly, the recapturing by Allied troops took a lot of bloodshed and bravery to deal with the stubborn German resistance.

The main aim of the museum run by Jan de Jonge, is to give visitors the opportunity to learn about how things were during World War 2, and especially the battle for Zeeland and the strategically important mouth of the river Scheldt (connecting the port of Antwerp with the North Sea).

Every single square metre of the museum is crammed with splendid dioramas, small items, documents and other stuff dealing with WW2 in The Netherlands.

Upon arrival, the enthusiastic owner of the museum will give the visitor an informative tour along all the exhibits. Making photographs is easy as the items are displayed without the use of glass-panels or other annoying obstacles. Definitely worth a visit! Be sure to take a map of the area with you however, because locating the museum isn't the easiest thing to do...

German field radio-post.

One of the many displays packed with assorted small items used and produced during WWII.

The museum boasts a superb replica of a German machinegun-bunker.

Allied commandos assaulting the bunker.

A kubelwagen forms part of the diorama of the battle for Arnhem during September 1944.

Flieger Abwehr Kanone (2cm) used by the Germans.

Dutch forces answering the call to arms during the mobilisation of '39-'40.

Some more of the museum's vast collection of military uniforms.

Diorama of the British liberators of the Dutch province of Zeeland.

A Waffen SS recruiting poster for the Netherlands. The text translates to "Dutchmen, for your honour and conscience: fight Bolsjewism! Answer the call of the Waffen SS!". With posters like this, the Nazis tried to recruit soldiers throughout all occupied territories to fight the Red Army at the Eastern front.