The War Museum Overloon is a Dutch historical and educational museum in the North Brabant city of Overloon, which mainly deals with the history of the Second World War in the Netherlands. From 2006 the museum was renamed Liberty Park, but in 2013 it reverted to the old name War Museum Overloon. From that moment on, the museum also pays more attention to regional history.
The museum is the largest of its kind in the Netherlands and consists of a wooded park that houses two former museums, the National War and Resistance Museum and the Marshall Museum. The museum was founded on the basis of the remains of the Battle of Overloon such as tanks and cannons.
An enormous amount of war material, including tanks and other vehicles, remained on the battlefield after the Battle of Overloon. Overlooner Harry van Daal was so shocked by the events that he suggested keeping the battlefield intact and turning it into a museum. On May 25, 1946, the National War and Resistance Museum was opened by the British General Whistler, commander of the British 11th Armored Division and the British 3rd Infantry Division that had captured Overloon. The museum park opened in 1946 as the National War and Resistance Museum with no buildings. In 2006, the collection of the Marshall Museum in Zwijndrecht was expanded to include more than 200 military vehicles, ships and aircraft, for which a separate museum was set up under the name Liberty Park. The museum concentrated on both World War II and the acquisition and protection of freedom. (Source: Wikipedia)
March 24, 2021
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