Arnhem War Museum 40-45 Operation Market Garden, Netherlands


Posted: , Last update: January 7 2016, in Museums & Collections, Operation Market Garden. 1 Comment

In the years after Operation Market Garden multiple museums, memorials and other reminders of the battle could be found in the area of Arnhem and Nijmegen.
One of the lesser known museums is the Arnhem War museum 40-45 in Schaarsbergen, or the Arnhem Oorlogmuseum 40-45 in Dutch.

T34-85 and 7,5 cm PAK 40

T34-85 and PAK 40

5cm PAK 38

5cm PAK 38

"7,5

7,5 cm Infanteriegeschütz 37 & Ordnance QF 25-pounder

It is a private collection and it all started when the owner at the age of 7 of 9 got hold of some military objects left behind during Market Garden. He started collecting all he could get from the Battle.
In May 1994 the museum, a private collection, opened their doors for the public in a former school in Schaarsbergen, a town next to Arnhem.
Even today he is active in collecting pieces of history related to Market Garden. It seems the museum got hold of a Flak gun, check out the website for more information.

Parachute Supply Container

Parachute Supply Container

Mines

Mines

Rifles

Rifles

The former school is packet with all kinds of artefact. A PAK40 and a T34-85 in the front lawn, some parts of tanks, wheels, chains, a Sherman Firefly 17 pounder barrel in the backyard. Together with an Opel blitz a Staff car and on the side of the building some other guns and 2cm flak pieces.

Dutch Uniform used in World War Two

Dutch Uniform used in World War Two

Luftwaffe Diorama

Luftwaffe Diorama

Packed Display

Packed Display

Inside the museum there are lots of costumes, weaponry, gear and items used by both armies and civilians during the war.
The museum is managed by enthusiastic volunteers, they show you around the museum and tell you all about the items and history of Arnhem and market Garden.
They show you around and tell you all about Operation Market Garden and what happened with Arnhem in the aftermath. Arnhem was evacuated after the Market Garden, only a handful of citizens were allowed to stay in the ghost town. In the last months of the war the German army plundered the city in search of materials for their war machine and other valuables. They destroyed what everything else and left a devastated city in their wake.

Top floor view

Top floor view

Painting from Adolf Hitler

Painting from Adolf Hitler

Horst Wessel song on a pencil

Horst Wessel song on a pencil

The museum took the Polar Bear sign from the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division which liberated Arnhem in April 1945 during Operation Anger.
The museum proclaims to houses some unique artefacts. They have the leather coat worn by Joachim Peiper, which led the Peiper Group into Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge and who was responsible for the Malmedy massacre. A bench from one the residences of Adolf Hitler together with a small painting from Adolf Hitler himself.
They have a public relation gift from the second World War; a pencil with the Horst Wessel song printed on it. This item is still forbidden in Germany.

Hidden radio in a cigar box

Hidden radio in a cigar box

The view while drinking your coffee

The view while drinking your coffee

 

Visit

The museum is beautiful, with lots of items and the volunteers help the history come to live.
A visit will cost you two hours to 3 hours and it is more than worth the few euros they charge at the entrance.

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One thought on “Arnhem War Museum 40-45 Operation Market Garden, Netherlands

  1. Dit is een van de weinige echte musea die er nog in de regio zijn. De meeste musea zijn pretparken geworden met weinig attributen.
    Echt mooi museum beek bijzondere dingen.

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