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Pop-up exhibition - "The Liberation"

Every month, from May to December, the Royal Military Museum highlights a figure who played a role in the liberation of our country!

Pop-up exhibition - "The Liberation"

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Cinquantenaire Parc 3
1000 Brussels

Pop-up exhibition - "The Liberation"

Every first Tuesday of the month, from May to December, a question mark disappears and one or more objects, linked to a new figure who played a role in the liberation of our country, are added!

Curious? Head to the museum reception, where our showcase awaits you!

Pop-up Libération : Van Kuyck
May - Hugo Van Kuyck

Antwerp-born Hugo follows in 1940 the Belgian government in exile to Limoges and later joins the American army. In 1943 he is sent to Great Britain to prepare the future landing in Western Europe. He then heads the Beach Intelligence Section and studies the coastlines, the Atlantic Wall bunkers and the tides to determine the places and times best suited for an operation: Overlord eventually takes place on 6 June 1944 in Normandy. 

He ends the war with the rank of lieutenant colonel and receives several honorary distinctions: the Bronze Star Medal, the U.S. Air Force Air Medal and the Legion of Merit. His jacket and peaked cap are exhibited in the Military Museum’s Second World War section. 

Brigade Piron
June - Charles Kaise and the Piron Brigade

The Piron Brigade, the “Belgian army in exile” with 2,300 troops in 1944, translates the government’s determination to continue the fight against the Axis powers. Several internal sections ensure the brigade’s autonomy. At the age of 36, 1st Sergeant Charles Kaise is assigned to the small Military Police section. During the Normandy landings, the MPs organise traffic, point lost men in the right direction and are in charge of prisoners of war.

Adjutant H. Kaise, who worked for Royal Military Museum’s aviation department, presented the institution with his father’s uniform and belt in 1975 and 1982 respectively.

RAF- Paul Cooreman
July - Flight Lieutenant Paul H. Cooreman DFC, “Paolo” of 609 Squadron

This Ghent-born son of a former Belgian Prime Minister joins the army, more specifically the 1st Regiment of Guides. He is taken prisoner in 1940 and imprisoned in Oflag IVC (Colditz), but is released on 25 August 1940. He then makes his way to Great Britain, via France and Spain (where he is briefly imprisoned in the Miranda de Ebro camp). He is assigned to 609 Squadron of the Royal Air Force (55 Belgians serve there and 15 of them will be killed) and carries out 130 combat missions. On 3 August 1944 he is shot down by the German FLAK during a flight over Normandy. He survives the crash and remains in service until the end of the war.