Friday, August 19, 2005

National Museum of Military History in Luxembourg

In search of wartime equipment, I did a virtual recon of the National Museum of Military History in Diekirch, Luxembourg, some time ago. I discovered the presence of a German Enigma cipher machine. As Enigma maniac, I could not resist visiting this little museum

Well, little is a big understatement. Although the museum is located in a little corner in the center of Diekirch, there's an incredible amount of vehicles, material, weapons, and sceneries. Your eyes can't follow, walking through the exhibit rooms. Since the site is located in the Ardennes, it's obvious that the main topic is the Battle of the Bulge (see Band Of Brothers, the movie).

The sceneries give a good picture of how hard it was in those winter days in '44. Of course, my special interest went to the part with a large exhibit of communications equipment, even including complete Radio Shelter trucks, and not to forget, the Enigma and an American M-209 converter. The picture here above also shows a yellow AN-CRT3 Gibson Girl radio, just above the M-209.

If you ever get in the neighborhood, the Museum of Military History is a real must. It's located about 40 Km north of Luxembourg city. Even Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton are on the visitors list. If you're interested in crypto machines, you could visit the Crypto Tourism Wiki site, with lots of crypto related locations to visit. It's a wiki based site, were you can add any info you might have on locations of crypto stuff.

2 comments:

College Boy said...

You should check out the National Cryptologic Museum in Maryland if you come to the states.

-Mike

Dirk said...

I know, I know, it's also on the crypto tourism list. So many great places and things to do...