A-4/V-2 Rocket Display - National Military Museum, Soesterberg, Netherlands
Photos Ed Straten, Bert Koopman, Volker Pelz, Henk Koopman and Tracy Dungan



   A-4/V-2 rocket display Nationaal Militair Museum, Soesterberg, Netherlands. The Dutch V-2 rocket example was for many years located inside the Leger en Wapenmuseum (Army Museum) at Delft. The old city of Delft is close to the international known city Den Haag (The Hague) where many V-2s were launched. This V-Weapon collection consists of a V-2 rocket with launching table, a detailed motor and pump, along with a V-1 on its original trolly "Vorbringerwagen" and a manned V-1 version called "Reichenberg." These items are unique in the world and are 100% original no parts were made after the war to complete the rockets.
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   In 2004 the Dutch Army Museum placed the collection of V-Weapons into the museum storage away from public view. This was done to make room for more kid-friendly exhibits at the museum. The collection was moved to a location near Nijmegen at military base "Mobilisatiecomplex Grave-Driehuis."
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   In 2010 the V-2 was repainted and moved from storage to be placed on exhibit in Den Haag (The Hague) in the "Liberation Exhibition" at The Hague Historical Museum. Following the exhibition, the rocket was moved to storage again, but this time transported to Soesterberg airbase. The other various displays, V-1s and equipment, have also been relocated to storage at Soesterberg.


   The Army Museum Delft and Air Force Museum Soesterberg will soon merge their collections and the artifacts will be displayed in a completely new museum complex at Soesterberg. This new museum will be called National Military Museum (NMM) and it will present the combined collections of the Army, Air Force and part of the marine collection.

   Both the Army Museum in Delft (January 6, 2013) and the Military Aviation Museum in Soesterberg (June 6, 2013) will close to prepare for the new construction and transport of exhibits. The new combined museum at Soesterberg is scheduled to open in the autumn of 2014 and hopefully the V-Weapon collection will be on display again.



Recently seen at the airshow in Volkel was this concept of the V-2 suspended on the ceiling of the new restaurant
at Soesterberg. To display such an important artifact in this frivolous manner and breaking up the V-weapons collection
would be disrespectful to the nature of the artifact. It should be with the other V-weapons and where visitors can inspect
the V-2 up close. Not to mention, the thought of a 4-ton object hanging above one while eating would be very unnerving.


Photos

Photos below show the Dutch V-2 rocket in the early periods after the war.

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Photos below show the Dutch V-2 rocket the last time it was on public display in The Hague. The V-2 exhibit in the
"Liberation Exhibition" at The Hague Historical Museum ran from May 5 to the end of September in 2010. The rocket was
then transported to Soesterberg airbase will it stay in storage until the new museum opens at Soesterberg in 2014.

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Photos below: 2010, Transport of V-2 from MOB-complex Grave-Driehuis and installation into "Liberation Exhibition" at The Hague
Historical Museum. For some reason the rocket was quickly repainted in the ragged Gezackt pattern for the exhibit.

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Photos below: 2007 and 2009, IV2RG inspection of Dutch V-Weapons in storage at
Mobilisatiecomplex Grave-Driehuis.

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Photos below: 2005, Dutch V-Weapons in storage at
Mobilisatiecomplex Grave-Driehuis.

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Photos below: 2004, V-2 rocket is removed from
Leger en Wapenmuseum in Delft on canal.

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Photos below: 1997 and 2000, V-2 rocket on display for many years at
Leger en Wapenmuseum in Delft.

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Video from April 2000 of V-Weapon collection on display at Delft.

 


Photos below: 2000, Abschussplattform (launching table) on display in Delft. The Pfaff-Silberblau company, that made
winches and jack stands
, is not related to the well-known PFAFF sewing machine company in Germany.

 

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Photos below: 2000 Delft, Cutaway V-1, manned V-1 (Reichenberg), Cutaway V-2 engine displayed; detail of various V-2 engine
components such as the turbo-pump (turbine), fuel tank inlets, combustion chamber, burner caps and alcohol jets.

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