THE MUSEUM BLOG

Between history and today

Learn and understand the story, whether it’s the one with a capital “H” or the anecdotes that make it up. Find resources as part of your studies. Or discover the objects of the museum, are all reasons to consult this series of articles that we offer here. Most of them were written by our team and by one of the founders, Patrick Fissot, history professor and collection director. If you too would like to help spread the story, contact us.

The Weasel M29, a WWII all-terrain vehicle

The Weasel M29, a WWII all-terrain vehicle

The Normandy Victory Museum presents a rather unusual American army vehicle in its permanent exhibition. This is the Weasel, also known as the “M29 Weasel Tracked Cargo Carrier”. We invite you to learn more about this Swiss army knife-like vehicle which found its place during the Battle of Normandy.

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Women in war” thematic exhibition

Women in war” thematic exhibition

In 1939, when the men were mobilised, the women were on all fronts. As usual, they were involved in domestic chores, arms production, mechanics, in the fields, in hospitals, in the Resistance and in battle. This exhibition pays tribute to them and highlights their sometimes little-known actions.

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Lee Miller, the model, the woman and the war

Lee Miller, the model, the woman and the war

Muse of the greatest artists of her time, Lee Miller embodies the feminine ideal of the 1930s. During the war, she proved to be an outstanding reporter when the camps were liberated. Photographing the enemy seems liberating for this bruised woman whose life and work will remain intimately linked.

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Sophie Scholl and the White Rose

Sophie Scholl and the White Rose

On February 22, 1943, three German students from Munich University were executed. They were accused of acts of high treason and subversive propaganda for having repeatedly distributed leaflets. Among them was Sophie Scholl, a young woman barely 20 years old, who would become a symbol of resistance and courage in the face of Hitler’s murderous madness.

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Three helmets testify…

Three helmets testify…

Discovered under a barrel, still covered in dust, these three helmets are riddled with impacts from the fighting. A camouflaged German helmet from a Heer unit, an SS helmet with remnants of camouflage and a heavily damaged American light helmet can be seen.

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June 17, 1940, in La Manche…

June 17, 1940, in La Manche…

As the German 7th Division under Rommel advanced inexorably towards Cherbourg and the war drew closer to La Manche, a handful of die-hards clung to the defensive lines in the Cotentin region and tried to halt the enemy’s meteoric advance.

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Push open the doors of history

Visit the Normandy Victory Museum Musée de la Bataille des haies. We are in Normandy, Manche dpt, France.