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Général Jacques Museum, 1914-1918 Museum in Vielsalm

Général Jacques Museum, 1914-1918 Museum in Vielsalm
© MT Vielsalm-Gouvy
  • Address:

    Rue Sergent Ratz
    6690 VIELSALMBelgium
    (RENCHEUX)

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  • Opening Dates
    • All year round
      • Wednesday : 10:00-12:00
      • 1st Saturday of the month : 14:00-18:00

Located just 5 minutes from the centre of Vielsalm is a museum dedicated to Baron Jacques of Dixmude, military hero in the Great War.


The museum is situated on the site of the old "Ratz" barracks in Rencheux. Around one hundred pieces, including uniforms, sabre, medals, documents etc. trace the great steps that Général Jacques took during his life.

Biographical details

Born in Stavelot in 1858, Jules Alphonse Jacques was a soldier enrolled in King Léopold II's service in the Congo in 1877, where he founded Albertville (now called Kalemie), before returning to Belgium in 1905.


When the First World War broke out, he was close to retirement and was granted the post of commander of the 12th Regiment of the Line. He fought with great distinction in Sart-Tilman in Liège, in addition to in Antwerp before fighting to save Dixmude from falling into German hands. Despite injuring his foot and leg on the front in Yser, his bravery and leadership make him a hero in the Belgian army. In 1916, he was promoted to General and ended the war as commander of the 3rd division of the Belgian army.


After the war, he was given the title of Baron of Dixmude. He later died in 1929 at the age of 70 and was buried in Vielsalm during national funeral services. Several cities, including Brussels have named boulevards, streets or squares after him.


Organising your visit

Opening times
Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon.
The first Saturday of each month from 2-6pm.
Also open by appointment only.

Prices
Free entry.


Information

  • tel. : +32 (0) 475 97 33 79

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