Two years after its opening, I visited the renewed Dezember 44 museum at La Gleize, Belgium. It is now called the “December 44 Historical Museum La Gleize“. I had been meaning to visit it for a long time, but never got around to it until this spring on a visit of the Ardennes and the Ciney militaria show with my son.
Here you can compare photos of the OLD museum from one of my previous visits to photos of the NEW museum. The old museum certainly had its charm and contained a lot of interesting and rare items, but the new museum is much more professional and houses some very special paratrooper items. Among them a super rare FG-42 II German paratrooper rifle and the helmet of General Matthew B. Ridgway, the original C.O. of both the 82nd Airborne Division and XVIII Airborne Corps during WWII (thank you Matt ;-), pictured on the right.
This museum is a must-see on your trip to the Ardennes. The museum shop is a museum in its own right, just like the Paratrooper shop at the Dead Man’s Corner Museum in Normandy.