DIEKIRCH MUSEM, LUXEMBURG, BASTOGNE BARRACKS MUSEUM

1 - Diekirch Museum :

Created in 1984 by enthusiastic collectors of Military History, the National Museum of Military History, MNHM, Diekirch, Luxembourg, aggregates multiple objects of the second war WWII, particularly of the Battle of the Bulge 1944-1945, which took place not far from here. Many dioramas scale 1 show reconstructions of the battle. The museum has also a place dedicated to veterans, Allies or Germans, and contributes to reconciliation and knowledge of former enemies.

Many Allies and Germans military vehicles are on display in this museum. You can see a preview below.

2 – Bastogne Barracks, Bastogne :

Since 2010, Bastogne Barracks, Belgium, is hosting an Interpretation Centre of World War II from the Royal Museum of the Army, and illustrates a central episode of major German offensive witch became, as stated in the above paragraph, the Battle of the Bulge. Resistance to the offensive was organized here in the basement of the barracks, now a museum, where General Anthony McAulliffe replied 'Nuts' to the Germans demanding his surrender, December 22, 1944. The town was liberated five days later.
Here is also the "Vehicle Restoration Center" of the Royal Military Museum. Many vehicles of WWII, armored or not, are completely restored and exhibited in two large halls which show fine vintage off-road vehicles.

1 - Diekirch Museum

1 dodge t211 wc 57 3 4 ton 4x4 command reconnaissance truck 1944

Dodge T211-WC 57, 3!4-Ton, 4x4, Command Reconnaissance Truck, 1943.

2 vw 82 kubelwagen 1

VW 82 Kübelwagen, 55 000 units built during WWII.

2a vw typ 166 schwimmwagen 1944

VW TYP 166 Schwimmwagen, 1943.

3 truck wreker 4 ton 6x6 diamond t 969 a 1945

Truck Wrecker, 4 Ton, 6x6 Diamond T 969 A, 1944

4 truck prime mover recovery 6x4 m20 diamond t 981 1945

Truck, Prime Mover/Recovery, 6x4, M20, Diamond T 981, 1944

5 kettenkrad nsu hk 101 opel 1943

Kettenkrad NSU-HK 101, Opel, 1942.

6 scout car and weasel 1

Scout Car M3 and Weasel M 29

7 scout car 1944

Scout Car M3, 1943

8 scout car 1944

Scout Car M3, 1943

9 command and reconnaissance truck 1 4 ton willy mb jeep 1945

Command and reconnaissance truck, 1!4 Ton, Willy MB, Jeep, 1944

10 tractor high speed 18 ton m4 allis chalmers 1945

Tractor, High Speed, 18 Ton, M4, Allis-Chalmers, 1944

11 dodge cargo and personnel carrier 1 1 2 ton t 223 wc 63

Dodge 6x6, cargo and personnel carrier, 1 1/2 Ton T 223 WC 62, 1944

12 dodge 4x4 wc 53

Dodge 4x4, cargo and personnel carrier, 1 1/2 Ton T 223 WC 62, 1944

2 - Bastogne Barracks

2.1 Hall 1

 
13 tank transporter heavy truck m20 diamond t981 1941 46

Tank Transporter heavy Truck, M20 Diamond T981, 6.000 built in 1941-1945, 201 hp, 37 km/h with Achilles IIc Self-Propelled Gun, April 1944, 500 hp, 42 km/h.

14 m1a1 ward lafrance wreker 1944

M1A1  Serie 1 Ward Lafrance Heavy Wrecker, 4925 built in 1943, 145 hp, 40 km/h.

15 half track armored personnel carrier m3 1

Half-track Armored Personnel carrier M3, 12391 built in 1941-1945, 147 hp, 72 km/h.

16 armored vehicles staghound

Armored vehicles : A to B : M4A3 (105) Assault Gun, (may1944-June 1945). M32B1 Sherman TRV, Tank Recovery Vehicle. (Dec. 1943  to Sept. 1944). Armored car T17E1 Staghound (Dec. 1942 to Dec. 1943).

17 scammel pionneer sv2s heavy wrecker

Scammel Pioneer SV2S Heavy Wrecker, 768 produced in 1937-1943, 102 hp, 38 km/h.

18 scammel pionneer sv2s heavy wrecker

Scammel Pioneer SV2S Heavy Wrecker

19 overview shermann trv

Overview Sherman TRV, 1055 built in Dec 1943 to Setp 1944, 460 hp, 39 km/h.

2.2 Hall 2

20 lyod carrier mk1

Lyod Carrier MK1, 26.000 built in 1939-1945, 85 hp, 48 km/h.

21 humber lrc mk iii

Humber LRC Mk III Light Reconnaissance vehicle, 3600 produced in 1939-1943, 29 hp, 72 km/h

22 renault ue chenillette

Renault UE Chenillette, and its trailer, built at about 6000 units between 1932 and 1941.

23 m26 t34 staline su 152 self propelled heavy howitzer

M26 Pershing, T34, Su-152 self-propelled heavy howitzer.

24 overview shermann tank

Overview, Shermann tank

25 overview weasel shermann m 26 pershing t34 and staline tanks

Overview, Weasel, Snow/Mud Tractor M 29, 2103 produced in June 1942  to 1945, 70 hp, 58 km/h. Sherman, Pershing, T34 and Stalin tanks

26 opel blitz kumfpwagen

Opel Blitz Kampfwagen, 1941-1945, 75 hp, 80 km/h.

27 dingo mk1 humber mk ii scour car

Dingo Mk1 Daimler Scout Car, 6626 built, 55 hp, 85 km/h, Humber MK II Scour Car, 1942-1945, about 4102 units produced, 65 hp, 100 km/h.

28 hunber box staff car fordson wot2

R to L : Humber Box FWD, Staff Car, 1940-1945, 95 hp, 70 km/h. GS Fordson WOT2 15 CWT, 1939-1945, about 80 000 produced, 60 hp, 70 km/h

29 bedford mwd morris commercial c8 fordson wot6

L to R : Bedford MWD, 15 CWT, 4x2, built more than 200 000 units during the war, 72 hp, 95 km/h. Morris Commercial C8 FAT Field Artillery Tractor, 10 000 built in 1937 to 1952, 70 hp, 80 km/h. Fordson WOT6 Machinery Truck, 30 000 built from 1942 to 1945, 95 hp, 70 km/h.

29a morris commercial c8 fordson wot6

L to R : Morris Commercial C8, Fordson WOT6

30 morris commercial c8

Morris Commercial C8

32 staghound mk1 t17e1 fordson wot6

R to L : Staghound Mk1 T17E1, Fordson WOT6, 30 000 built in 1942 to 1945, 95 hp, 70 km/h

33 aec mk ii matador

AEC MK II Matador, 629 built from 1942 to 1943, 158 hp, 65 km/h.

34 aec mk ii matador

AEC MK II Matador

35 tanks of ww ii

Tanks of WW II, overview

35a tanks of ww ii

Tanks of WW II, overview.

36 bedford qlr half track m3

Bedford QLR Signal Truck, 52247 built between 1941 and 1945, 72 hp, 70 km/h, Half-track M3

37 jeep schwimmwagen bren carrier

Jeep, Schwimmwagen,  Carden-Loyd Bren Carrier MkII, 1935-1945, 70.120 built, 85 hp, 51 km/h.

38 schwimmwagen typ 166

Schwimmwagen Type 166 amphibious vehicle.

 

39 gmc half tracks bedford qlr

R to L : GMC, Half-Tracks, Bedford QLR,

39a ward lafrance m1 serie 1 heavy wrecker

Ward LaFrance M1 serie 1 Heavy Wrecker, 4 925 built in 1943, 145 hp, 40 km/h.

40 ford canada f15a

Ford Canada F15A, 40 000 built in 1940-1945, 95 hp, 70 km/h.

42 m26 dragon wagon tt gmc cckw 353 duck amphibian

R to L : M26 Dragon Wagon TT, 1300 built between 1941 and 1945, 240 hp, 42 km/h, GMC CCKW-353 DUCK amphibian, 21 147 built in 1942-45, 90 hp, 80 km/h.

43 m26 dragon wagon tt

M26 Dragon Wagon TT

44 m26 dragon wagon tt

M26 Dragon Wagon TT

45 tanks of wwii

Tanks of WWII, overview

46 m5a1 stuart tank with crossing device

M5A1 Stuart tank with crossing device

47 crossing device on a m5a1 stuart tank

Crossing device on a M5A1 Stuart tank. The hedgerow in Normandy were difficult to cross for tanks witch stayed nearly vertical. The bottom of the tank was not armored and it could be destroyed. With this kind of claws, hedges were raised up and tanks could go on without damage.

49 vehicle exhibition hall 1

Vehicle exhibition hall 1

50 vehicle exhibition hall 2

Vehicle exhibition hall 2

51 bastogne barracks

Bastogne Barracks

48 vehicle restoration center bastogne

Vehicle Restoration Center, Bastogne

52 general mcauliffe in his qg

General McAuliffe in his QG, in Bastogne Barracks, underground. He answered 'NUTS' to German demand for surrender'. Diorama scale 1/1.

 

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