Police impound liberation museum's tanks
24 June 2005AMSTERDAM — Police have impounded several tanks and hundreds of weapons belonging to a museum just days before the new Veteran's Day celebrations for old soldiers.
24 June 2005
AMSTERDAM — Police have impounded several tanks and hundreds of weapons belonging to a museum just days before the new Veteran's Day celebrations for old soldiers.
The impounded vehicles and materials are being stored on the property of the Bevrijdende Vleugels (Wings of Liberation) museum in the Dutch town of Best. But the curator is not allowed to move them.
The police action was ordered by the Ministry of Justice when the museum breached regulations governing the storage of potentially dangerous weaponry.
Such museums must have a ministry-approved weapons manager on site. Bevrijdende Vleugels recently let their weapons manager go and the chairman of the museum applied to be his replacement.
When request was turned down by the ministry, the museum announced its intention to move the weapons elsewhere. The Ministry stepped in and had the tanks and weapons impounded.
The museum is situated in the area where airborne units of the 101st US Airborne Division landed on 17 September 1944 as part of the Operation "Market Garden".
"Market Garden" was an ambitious but ultimately unsuccessful plan by the Allies to seize the bridges into Germany to speed up the end of the Second World War.
The museum's displace features planes and fighting vehicles used by the Germans and Allies during the war. It also has an exhibition the German invasion of Russia in 1941, featuring a German Jagdpanzer Hetzer tank, an example of the famous Russian T-34 tank and a Katyusha multiple rocket launcher, known as a "Stalin's Organ".
The Netherlands is to celebrate its first official Veteran's Day on 29 June in honour of old soldiers who served in the Dutch armed forces.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news