On February 29th, I visited the WWII museums at Manhay and Diekirch with Yeomanry – the club of wartime vehicle enthousiasts. We went there by bus, so we had a lot of time to talk on the way about our jeeps and our collections.
The Manhay History 44 Museum in the Belgian Ardennes, which was opened in 2017 is one of many museums about the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes, but it is special in that it focuses on events that took place in that area. You may know the place from the Stug panzer that has a spot across the street from the museum. The owners of the museum were available for a chat and made recommendations of other places of interest in the area. I can really recommend it!
The Luxemburg National Museum of Military History at Diekirch was next on our list. This is an old museum, although I had never visited it before. I should have, because it’s an enourmous treasure trove! It has been upgraded a bit over the years, so it doesn’t look too old fashioned. But most importantly, it has many special weapons, vehicles etc. on display. They have the luxury of so much stock that they can put an original .50 Cal on each vehicle and real pistols in the holsters on their mannequins.
Further down the street from the museum, you can also see General Patton’s monument. His grave can be found at the military cemetery nearby, but unfortunately we did not have time to visit it anymore. So I will be back another time.