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Liberty Park Oorlogsmuseum, Overloon, Boxmeer, Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands

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Location Category ID: 11400
Added to Database: May 2008
Last Edited: 5 June 2011
Address: Liberty Park, Museumpark 1, 5825 AM Overloon
Telephone: +31-478-641250
Email: info [at] libertypark.nl (Replace [at] with @)
Opening Times:
Official Website: Liberty Park Oorlogsmuseum
Other Links: Oisterwijik-MarketGarden
M136 – Overloon in 1970s
Liberty Park Overloon
Rijnmond.nl
Latitude, Longitude: 51.57071491 , 5.95590949
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: Long term:
1: M4 Sherman Tank - Price of Peace Monument, Ortona, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy (1945-2006)
2: M4A4 Sherman Tank - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Not the museum but service in Netherlands 1944)
3: M4A4 Sherman Crab Mark II Mine Flail - Liberty Park Oorlogsmuseum, Overloon, Boxmeer, Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands (Not the museum but the Battle of Overloon October 1944)

Short term:
1: Hetzer Tank Destroyer - Crompton Military Vehicle Collection, Suffolk, East England, Britain (Militracks May 2010)
2: M51 Sherman Tank - Frederik Hendrik Kazerne, Blerick, Venlo, Limburg, The Netherlands (June-July 2012)
3: M18 Hellcat Gun Motor Carriage - Frederik Hendrik Kazerne, Blerick, Venlo, Limburg, The Netherlands (June-July 2012)


The Nationaal Oorlogs- en Verzetsmuseum (National War and Resistance Museum) of the Netherlands is located at Overloon, which is about 30km to the south of Nijmegen and 5km to the north-west of Venray (Venraij). In September 1944, during Operation Market Garden, the Allies planned to broaden their supply corridor from the Belgian border to Nijmegen, but they encountered stiff German resistance in the area of Overloon and Venray. A battle raged there for three weeks and included the only tank battle to take place in the Netherlands.
In May 1946 a committee of Overloon villagers opened a museum in remembrance of the Battle of Overloon on a part of the battlefield, displaying remnants of the Battle. The museum grew with many gifts from Allied troops, former resistance groups and members of the public, and the museum building was extended. The nature of the collection, containing weapons, photographs, and documents, made the museum committee decide to give the museum a national character.
The Museumpark covers an area of thirty-five acres and originally contained all of the larger exhibits on display, such as artillery pieces, aircraft and military vehicles. The majority of these are now contained in a new museum building, along with the Marshall Collection of vehicles. This building also displays smaller exhibits, such as small-arms, as well as many photographs, documents, maps and models illustrating various aspects of the First and Second World Wars.
The owner of the Marshall Collection, Jaap de Groot, loaned the collection to Overloon and as part of the deal Overloon built the new Marshall hall. In 2009 there was a report that de Groot had applied to have the collection returned because he was unhappy with Overloon’s management of the collection, but he lost the case. (Source: Rijnmond.nl). Jaap de Groot died in April 2011 at the age of 88 (source: M. Krauss).

Location Images - Photographs and NavPix (click to expand or browse)

July 2012

M26 Dragon Wagon transporter carrying an M4A4 Sherman tank
1: M26 Dragon Wagon transporter carrying an M4A4 Sherman tank

Taken: 6 July 2012
Contributor: M. Foti
Location Photo ID: 819
Added: 5 August 2012
Views: 93
Has Priority: 0
    

 

M75 armoured personnel carrier
2: M75 armoured personnel carrier

Taken: 6 July 2012
Contributor: M. Foti
Location Photo ID: 820
Added: 5 August 2012
Views: 86
Has Priority: 0
    

 

M113A1 carrier
3: M113A1 carrier

Taken: 6 July 2012
Contributor: M. Foti
Location Photo ID: 821
Added: 5 August 2012
Views: 61
Has Priority: 0
    



GT-SM GAZ-71 carrier
4: GT-SM GAZ-71 carrier

Taken: 6 July 2012
Contributor: M. Foti
Location Photo ID: 822
Added: 5 August 2012
Views: 68
Has Priority: 0
    



M29 Weasel amphibious carrier
5: M29 Weasel amphibious carrier

Taken: 6 July 2012
Contributor: M. Foti
Location Photo ID: 823
Added: 5 August 2012
Views: 60
Has Priority: 0
    



BARC / LARC-LX amphibious carrier
6: BARC / LARC-LX amphibious carrier

Taken: 6 July 2012
Contributor: M. Foti
Location Photo ID: 824
Added: 5 August 2012
Views: 92
Has Priority: 0
    



Universal carrier
7: Universal carrier

Taken: 6 July 2012
Contributor: M. Foti
Location Photo ID: 825
Added: 5 August 2012
Views: 87
Has Priority: 0
    



Universal carrier
8: Universal carrier

Taken: 6 July 2012
Contributor: M. Foti
Location Photo ID: 826
Added: 5 August 2012
Views: 88
Has Priority: 0
    



Universal carrier with conger
9: Universal carrier with conger

Taken: 6 July 2012
Contributor: M. Foti
Location Photo ID: 827
Added: 5 August 2012
Views: 96
Has Priority: 0
    



May 2011

Liberty Park entrance
10: Liberty Park entrance

Taken: 14 May 2011
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 758
Added: 27 May 2012
Views: 61
Has Priority: 20
    



 

Museum building entrance
11: Museum building entrance

Taken: 14 May 2011
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 759
Added: 27 May 2012
Views: 54
Has Priority: 0
    



 

Marshall Hall
12: Marshall Hall

Taken: 14 May 2011
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 760
Added: 27 May 2012
Views: 56
Has Priority: 0
    



M29 Weasel cargo carrier
13: M29 Weasel cargo carrier

Taken: 14 May 2011
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 761
Added: 27 May 2012
Views: 66
Has Priority: 0
    



Universal carrier
14: Universal carrier

Taken: 14 May 2011
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 762
Added: 27 May 2012
Views: 47
Has Priority: 0
    



Universal carrier with Conger device
15: Universal carrier with Conger device

Taken: 14 May 2011
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 763
Added: 27 May 2012
Views: 94
Has Priority: 0
    



Goliath demolition vehicle
16: Goliath demolition vehicle

Taken: 14 May 2011
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 764
Added: 27 May 2012
Views: 56
Has Priority: 0
    



Caterpillar tractor
17: Caterpillar tractor

Taken: 14 May 2011
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 765
Added: 27 May 2012
Views: 60
Has Priority: 0
    



Armoured car outside Liberty Park for Militracks event
18: Armoured car outside Liberty Park for Militracks event

Taken: 14 May 2011
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 766
Added: 27 May 2012
Views: 88
Has Priority: 0