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From D-Day to V-Day / Expo in Belgium

Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 21:20
by johan willaert
Several Belgian collectors put their items together to organise an exhibition of WW2 US Militaria at the 'For Freedom Museum' at Knokke-Heist, Belgium:

Open to the public on 19-20-21-27-28 February and 6-7-13-14-20-21 March 2010, from 10AM to 5PM...


Address: For Freedom Museum Ramskapellestraat 91-93, 8301 Knokke-Heist (20 minutes from Bruges, Belgium)

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A couple of previews:

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Looking forward to welcoming you there....

Cheers,

Johan

Re: From D-Day to V-Day / Expo in Belgium

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 14:51
by LOZ
A few of us may drop in on our way back from the 82nd march in the Ardennes
Loz.

Re: From D-Day to V-Day / Expo in Belgium

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 15:47
by johan willaert
LOZ wrote:A few of us may drop in on our way back from the 82nd march in the Ardennes
Loz.


Hi Loz,

Yes, I have been in contact with Glen about that...

Looking forward to seeing you!

Johan

Re: From D-Day to V-Day / Expo in Belgium

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 21:15
by Ben
Hi Johan,

Thanks for sharing these photographs and information with us. I have been following the thread on the USMF about the Expo for a while and it looks fantastic. I'd like to make it across at some point, but unfortunately I don't think I can make it. It would be good to see the display in the flesh though, especially "forcerecon's" collection. It looks like he has some great items there. It's a shame really, that it doesn't coincide with the fair at Ciney in April...

Thanks again,
Ben.

Re: From D-Day to V-Day / Expo in Belgium

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 21:22
by johan willaert
Ben wrote:It's a shame really, that it doesn't coincide with the fair at Ciney in April...


Hi Ben,

We have the opportunity to use the existing space of the 'For Freedom Museum' while the regular displays of the museum are being cleaned and re-organised.
But in April the museum re-opens for the general public and all Canadians have to be back in place....

So it was now or never....

Cheers,

Johan

Re: From D-Day to V-Day / Expo in Belgium

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 23:30
by johan willaert
Ready for the first visitors....

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Re: From D-Day to V-Day / Expo in Belgium

Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 08:38
by Alain
Hi Johan,
Thanks for letting us know !
I'll certainly be over to pay you and the Museum a visit ...

See you, cheers,
Alain :D

Re: From D-Day to V-Day / Expo in Belgium

Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 09:26
by johan willaert
Alain wrote:I'll certainly be over to pay you and the Museum a visit ...


Thanks Alain!
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Cheers,

Johan

Re: From D-Day to V-Day / Expo in Belgium

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 00:05
by LOZ
The display is outstanding , the dioramas are realy top class, the effect of the river crossing is very good indeed.
the cabinet of medical finds is fantastic.
well done to all those involved in the expo a great museum.
Loz

Re: From D-Day to V-Day / Expo in Belgium

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 06:50
by johan willaert
Thanks LOZ,

I wish you could have spent more time looking over the displays...
But your passage is still very much appreciated!

Cheers,

Johan

Re: From D-Day to V-Day / Expo in Belgium

Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 19:11
by Alain
Hi Johan,
The visit was certainly worthwhile !
I truly enjoyed every minute of it - great dioramas, some extraordinary vehicles, a midget German submarine, fabulous number of British and Canadian dummies, and a real treasure trove of US Army, US Navy, US Medical Department, US Signal Corps, US Corps of Engineers items, etc. in individual show cases !
Sadly, the American part will be removed after 21 March 2010, since the main theme relates to the region's Liberation by the Canadian Forces !
Museum layout and design were handled by Pierre Verbreyt, the Belgian decorator who helped set up the 2004 Greatest Generation show at S-M-E, and decorated the "Dead Man's Corner Museum" ... that man is a real artist !

There are extra details that still need to be addressed, such as captions, legends, photographs, illustrations, and background data, primarily intended for the large public, but for us, collectors and re-enactors, who are more familiar with the WW2 period, it sure is not a problem.

Absolutely recommended,
Alain :D
Alain

Re: From D-Day to V-Day / Expo in Belgium

Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 19:27
by johan willaert
Hi Alain,

Thanks for your visit and your short review!
Glad you liked it!

Cheers,

Johan