Reopening of the Infantry Museum in Arlon

The military museum of Arlon installed in the former Camp Bastin in Stockem reopens its doors! For the occasion, guided tours and lectures are organized from April 25 to 29, 2022. In addition, you will discover a brand new wing dedicated to the US 2nd Infantry Division of 1917, Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, and to operation "Desert Storm."

From 25 April 2022
to 29 April 2022

The museum preserves the uniforms, weapons, equipment and various documents tracing the history of the Belgian infantry from 1830 to the present day.

On this occasion, guided tours of the permanent collections and of the new wing will be free of charge! You will also be able to watch the film “14-18: The Belgian Army, a small army in the Great War”. This documentary illustrates the life of Belgian soldiers during the conflict with rare and even unpublished archive images!

On the program for April 27

5:30 p.m: Lecture “Audie L Murphy: The tormented life of a war hero turned movie actor.”

This conference is presented by Philippe Gruslin, a man passionate about the history of the two wars. He won the “Prix Jean Lebon” for his short story: “August 1914: from Marthe’s laughter to Rosalie’s tears”. Soon, he will publish a new novel dedicated to the American infantry during the Battle of the Bulge.

Fascinated by Audie Murphy since his childhood, he has been in contact with the most significant specialist of the American actor in the USA, as well as with a French-speaking expert of this war hero.

In June 1945, Audie Leon Murphy was only 20 years old. After the war, he returned to the United States decorated with the “Congressional Medal of Honor.” The highest distinction awarded to a soldier! This medal completed a collection of other medals won in three years of war. Thus, he became the “most decorated American soldier,” making him a national hero. This notoriety opened the doors of Hollywood, where he played mainly in Westerns. In 1949, the book recounting his war exploits quickly became a bestseller. A film was made a few years later and became a success in American cinema, with Murphy playing himself.

However, his private life was far from idyllic. A victim of post-traumatic stress disorder and a gambling addiction, he lost a large part of his fortune and failed to find happiness in his marriages.

A life full of happy and unhappy rebounds, more exciting than any movie, is what the speaker invites you to listen to. He was a national symbol who died tragically in a plane crash and was buried with all honors in Arlington Cemetery. His grave is the most visited after that of President John F Kennedy.

7:00 pm: Conference “Battle of the Bulge, German surprise or Allied trap?”

Speaker Hugues Wenkin contributes to numerous articles in the historical press. In addition, he is the author of numerous books on mechanized warfare. He likes to discover and cross-check new sources, sifting through them with historical criticism, returning to combat places to understand and interpret past events.

This conference will plunge you into the beginning of the Ardennes offensive when Eisenhower and his generals were preparing their plans for the two major offensives. But, first, they considered their intel on the state of the German forces.

Unfortunately, the intel proved to be totally wrong. General Bradley’s forces headed for a head-on clash that would end in a draw. This thesis goes entirely against the grain of the conventional historiography of the Battle of the Bulge!

More information

Please note that reservations are required. If you are interested in our program, please visit the museum website! Opening hours may vary according to the day.

Useful information

Address
Route de Bouillon 88
6700 Arlon
Country Belgium
Telephone +352 (0) 691 784 274 - +32 (0) 63 21 96 14
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