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Operation North Sea, 1944-’45 in Zeebrugge

Operation North Sea, 1944-’45 in Zeebrugge

Operation North Sea, 1944-’45 was officially inaugurated within the Seafront complex in Zeebrugge last year and presents the battle of the River Scheldt (October-November 1944). Visitors experience this particular stage in the Second World War through pictures, maps, film footage and collection items.

The exhibition - conceived and developed by the War Heritage Institute - illustrates the liberation of the Scheldt estuary, and up till now unreleased pictures show what life was like behind the Atlantic Wall. Some centre-stage elements, such as a unique original Canadian armoured vehicle and an anti-aircraft gun from war ship HMS Roberts, are WHI loan outs. Operation North Sea, 1944-’45 also highlights underwater heritage. Hundreds of objects and shipwrecks indeed are still to be found on the sea floor.

Operation North Sea, 1944-’45 is part of the 75 years of liberation national program coordinated by the WHI. The exhibition is a joint venture uniting the War Heritage Institute, the Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee, Westtoer and Seafront and is sponsored by the Flemish government and the National Lottery.

Practical information

Where: Seafront, Vismijnstraat 7, 8380 Zeebrugge

Operation North Sea, 1944-’45 is open on weekends and holidays (from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.) up till 3 January 2021. Admission fee: 13.50 € per person, admission to Seafront included. Free for children under 12.

For more information: www.belgiancoast.co.uk