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Western
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Created: 15/03/2005

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Donating to the collection

Objects & Artifacts

Uniforms and personal equipment

Books, Documents, and Printed Materials

Medals and decorations

Miscellaneous

The Museum's Wish list

The collection has been turned into an official foundation some time ago (founded on the 1st. July 2000) and is in desperate need of more WW1 items to put on display. The Western Front Museum seeks/needs all kind of era related items, from uniforms up to postcards. In short anything that's dated before 1919. Militaria: stuff from your odd uniform-button up to a 42cm brass cartridge case from the famous Big Bertha Krupp gun, but also items about the home-front: refugees, food ration, women in the factories, prisoners of war, newspapers and magazines.

We like to become the largest 'Great War' museum in The Netherlands, and trying to reach our goal we need all the support we can get (including yours). If you happen to have an item of your great-grandfather which you have no longer use we very much like to hear from you. Remember that every era related item deserves to be saved for the future, in memory of those who lost their life during the First World War. All acquired/donated items will be carefully handled, restored if necessary and preserved for the future. Even the smallest item is more than welcome!

Please let us also know if you happen to know about a First World War related item which is gathering dust on the shelf or hidden in some forgotten corner or even depot. In case you are in the position of helping us directly we would sincerely appreciate it if you would consider our museum as the new location for the concerned item(s).

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Donating to the collection

The Western Front Museum Foundation is interested in preserving the experiences of veterans and their families as told through their oral histories, written reminiscences, papers and photographs, and objects. We encourage you to choose us as your archives to ensure the preservation of these materials. Specific materials of interest might include:

  • Letters (received or sent)
  • Basic Training Materials
  • Diaries
  • Journals
  • Military Manuals
  • Military Yearbooks
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Written reminiscences
  • Books
  • Military Papers
  • Paper Souvenirs
  • Unit Newsletters
  • Ship Newsletters
  • Veterans Newsletters
  • Maps
  • Posters
  • Films, Videos and DVD
  • Objects - uniforms, equipment, souvenirs with a story, etc. for the Object Collections

All materials are kept together under the individual's name, organized, preserved, and cataloged in an online database for greater access. Our first commitment is to preserve these materials for the veteran, next for family members and descendants, and finally for researchers. If you'd like copy prints of a few items, we can provide copies against cost price.

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Objects & Artifacts

The very best museum artifacts are still being found in attics, garages, and garage sales (not everybody seems to believe this, but we can assure you it's very much true), and can easily be mistaken for 'junk' by the untrained eye.

Please have a look at our wishlist and perhaps you might be able to help us or points us in the direction of someone who can help us. Please keep us in mind before you throw or give anything away that in any way relates to the Great War or may have come from the period 1914-1918.

All necessary permits present (including special approval from the Ministry of Justice).


  • Aerial bomb - any type or model
  • Seamine - round or cylinder model with Hertz hornes (any condition)
  • Aircraft engine - any type, model (straight, radial or rotary) or condition (parts also welcome).
  • Trench mortar launch platform - any type, model, or condition.
  • Heavy semicircular corrugated iron 'elephant' shelter/dugout sections (2 or 4 panels - 0,5 m wide each)
  • Field telephone in wooden box
  • Decommissioned fieldgun (any condition)
  • Wooden trench club
  • MG08 optic sight
  • French 105 mm, 240 mm, 270 mm, 340 mm, 370 mm cartridge cases
  • German rangefinder
  • Lewis drum magazine
  • German trench body armour
  • Wooden ammo box (any type or model)
  • Rifle clip (charger) for the French RSC1917 rifle
  • German and British rifle grenades
  • German and British handgrenades
  • French 58 trenchmorter (Crapouillot) model with 6 fins
  • Livens gas projector
  • French grenade launcher cup for VB riflegrenade
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Uniforms and personal equipment

  • French M1914/1915 greatcoat
  • Trench watch
  • Compass
  • German and British dogtags
  • British uniform
  • Lebel rifle sling
  • US M1910 shovel
  • French M1892 haversack
  • Mannlicher M95 rifle sling
  • Foot locker
  • German Pickelhaube (ie spiked helmet)
  • Austrian or Italian wooden skies
  • Glengarry with contemporary Liverpool Scottish regimental badge
  • US gasmask Model 1918
  • Worcester regimental capbadge
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Books, Documents, and Printed Materials

  • Contemporary photographs
  • Book 'The Lee-Enfield Rifle' by Major E.G.B. Reynolds
  • Book 'The British Service Lee' by Ian Skennerton
  • Book 'Die Repetiergewehre der Schweiz. Die Systeme Vetterli und Schmidt-Rubin' by Kurt Sallaz and Christian Reinhart
  • Guldenboek der Vuurkaart (Livre d'Or de la Carte du Feu)
    Memorial book containing the names of holders of the Carte du Feu (Vuurkaart), veteran's of WW1 who served under enemy fire during the Great War. Red cover, approx. 625 pages
  • Book 'Bullets & Billets' by Bruce Bairnsfather
  • Postcards of Dutch 14-18 Prisoners-of-war & refugees camps
  • Small book “A Company of Tanks” by Major W.H.L. Watson (edition 1920)
  • British sweethart cards
  • Front newspapers such the 'Wipers Times', the 'New Church Times', the 'Kemmel Times', the 'Somme Time', the 'BEF Times' and the 'Better Times'
  • Refugees & POW camp magazines, newspapers and letters (printed in various camp in The Netherlands)
  • Notgeld - Emergency money (coins and banknotes)
  • Food stamps
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Medals and decorations

  • German 'Iron Cross 1914, 2nd Class'
  • Victory medal for Greece, Portugal, Rumania and Japan
  • German 'Verwundetenabzeichen 1.WK'
  • American State Service medal
  • WW1 'on War Service' buttonhole pin
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Miscellaneous

  • Contemporary gramaphone records
  • Gramophone player pre-1920
  • (Film)camera on tripod
  • Candlestick phone (Western Electric Model 20B or similar)
  • Typewriter pre-1920
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