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Monday, September 9, 2013

Visiting the Tokyo military museum Yūshūkan in September 2013

The Yūshūkan (遊就館) is a Japanese military and war museum located within Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo. As a museum maintained by the shrine, which is dedicated to the souls of soldiers who died fighting on behalf of the Emperor of Japan.the museum contains various artifacts and documents concerning Japanese war casualties and military activity from the start of the Meiji Restoration to the end of World War II. The museum was established in 1882, and describes itself as the first and oldest war and military museum in Japan.





Sunday, July 7, 2013

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History (Musée Royal de l’Armée et d’Histoire Militaire) in Brussels, Belgium (July 2013)

The museum collection originally consisted of a set of exhibits collected by an officer, Louis Leconte.Approximately 900 pieces were brought together, the collection was later heavily enriched by legacies, gifts and exchanges. Leconte was particular in choosing from equipment abandoned by the Germans in 1918. Today, it is possible to find uniforms, weapons, vehicles and military equipment of a number of periods and countries there.




Thursday, September 13, 2012

Visiting Jersey (UK, September 2012)

Jersey has a sublime 3000 year military history from the Bronze and Iron Ages, 750 years of British fortification which ended in WW2 and the German Occupation. The German occupation of the Channel Islands lasted for most of the Second World War, from 30 June 1940 until their liberation on 9 May 1945. The Bailiwick of Jersey and Bailiwick of Guernsey are two British Crown dependencies in the English Channel, near the coast of Normandy. The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the Wehrmacht (German Armed Forces) during the war. Jersey has a plenty of WW2 locations to visit: Jersey War Tunnels - German Underground Hospital, The Channel Islands Military Museum ... During World War II Nazi Germany constructed a considerable number of fortifications in the Channel Islands which form part of the Atlantic Wall. Sharing some of my Jersey's photos...



Saturday, July 14, 2012

Imperial War Museum North (Manchester July 2012)

Imperial War Museum North (sometimes referred to as IWM North) is a museum in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford in Greater Manchester, England. One of five branches of the Imperial War Museum, it explores the impact of modern conflicts on people and society. It is the first branch of the Imperial War Museum to be located in the north of England. The museum occupies a site overlooking the Manchester Ship Canal in Trafford Park, an area which during the Second World War was a key industrial centre and consequently heavily bombed during the Manchester Blitz in 1940.


T-55 tank captured from Iraqi forces

Sunday, December 9, 2007

The Museum of the Army (Musée de l'Armée) , the Tomb of Napoleon and the Artillery Day (Paris France - December 2007)

The Musée de l'Armée was created in 1905 with the merger of the Musée d'Artillerie and the Musée Historique de l'Armée.The Musée de l'artillerie (Museum of Artillery - "artillerie" meaning all things related to weapons) was founded in 1795 in the aftermath of the French Revolution, and expanded under Napoleon. It was moved into the Hôtel des Invalides in 1871, immediately following the Franco-Prussian War and the proclamation of the Third Republic. Another institution called the Musée historique de l'Armée (Historical Museum of the Army) was created in 1896 following the Paris World Fair. The two institutions merged in 1905 within the space of the former Musée de l'Artillerie. Today, it holds 500,000 artifacts, including weapons, armour, artillery, uniforms, emblems and paintings, exhibited in an area of 12,000 m². The permanent collections are organised into "historical collections", representing a chronological tour from ancient times through the end of World War II.