Museum 'Battle of the silver helmets'The battle of the silver helmets took place on august twelve 1914 in the village of Halen, located in the province of Limburg, Belgium.
It was the last battle that took place between cavalry divisions in the Western Hemisphere and the sole Belgian victory, without allied help, during the First World War against the German army.
The battle at Halen lasted for a day and caused a lot of victims both on the Belgian as on the German side. The name 'Battle of the silver helmets' comes from a ballad that was written by priest Cuppens. The many spiked German helmets that were found on the battlefield inspired him.
The museum has a surface of 450 square meters, the collection consists of many weapons, colourful uniforms, documents, dairies and pictures from both the Belgian and the German side. Eye catcher is the superb and unique collection of German helmets.
A scale model (30 square meter large) shows the chronological order in which the battle took place. All the information shown is documented in four languages: Dutch, French, German and English.
- The museum is open from May 1 until October 31.
- Opening hours: 10 - 12 AM and 14 - 17 PM
- Guided group visits can be arranged from March 1 until November 30.
- Museum 'Battle of the silver helmets'
- Rotem 14 - 3545 Halen
- Tel. +32 (0)13/441892 - Fax. +32 (0)13/461156