Moving on to part 2 of our visit to the Army Museum…
There are lots of nicknames for Belgium, among which ‘the World’s Most Boring Country’, but my favourite is definitely the one of which the history is described here:
Further inside, we found a recreation of what I think is a slit/fire trench (not sure about the English term nor whether it really is a representation of a loopgraaf).
There were many items kept from that period on display, as well as beautiful replicas.
After this section of with plenty items from the war, we entered a completely different area where interiors had been recreated so visitors could be catapulted to that era. Recreated interiors in the pictures below are: the bureau of one of the higher-ups (can’t remember the rank), food storage, the American store, the café (which, ironically, is Dutch for pub) and the prison (or rather, the prison’s washroom).
The next picture is something that made a big impression on me. My grandmother has told me about them several times, but seeing these actual cards impressed me. These cards were used for distribution of food rations. Every family had their cards for household goods such as butter, bread, sugar, etc. with which they could get their portion. Not only food, but also the distribution of coal and other resources were strictly controlled.
This final pictures explains the situation at that time. Another part of the exhibition that made a big impression… It’s hard to believe that this country has gone through such horrible treatment (and that just because we didn’t let them through to attack France). It also hit me that even now, in other parts of the world, people still go through this kind of circumstances.