World War II Revival – Tanks & Guns in Belgium 2019

    In this post, we offer an amazing selection of photos from Mons in Belgium and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II

    As American troops (83rd Reconnaissance Battalion of the 3rd U.S. Armored Division) entered Belgian territory in September 1944, Mons was one of the first cities in Belgium to be liberated.

    Above you can see a Belgian reenactor, complete with Thompson M1A1, leaning on his vehicle, taking us back in time.

    A Belgian reenactor takes aim on a German Maschinengewehr 42 replica at Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Aug. 31, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    An M3 Half-track armored personnel carrier replica stands on display at Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Aug. 31, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    A Belgian reenactor poses at Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Aug. 31, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    Belgian citizens ride a tank at Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Aug. 31, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    Belgian reenactors ride a motorcycle at Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Aug. 31, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    U.S. Army Col. Gene Meredith, ROK-US Combined Division, 2nd Infantry Division deputy commanding officer – maneuver, waves to spectators at Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Sep. 1, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    U.S. Army Major Dustin Longfellow, U.S. Army Garrison Benelux provost marshall, salutes at Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Sep. 1, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    An American flag hangs on a Belgian building at Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Sep. 1, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    A Belgian reenactor stands at attention at Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Sep. 1, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    Gerald Fourdin, Mons Devoir De Memoire secretary adjutant, waves to a spectator at Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Sep. 1, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    Belgian citizens attend Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Sep. 1, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    U.S. Army Col. Sean H. Kuester, U.S. Army Garrison Benelux commander, rides on a tank during Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Sep. 1st, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    A Belgian reenactor rides in a jeep at Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Sep. 1, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    Belgian citizens attend Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Sep. 1, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    U.S. Army Major Dustin Longfellow, U.S. Garrison Benelux provost marshall, stands atop a tank at Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Sep. 1, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    A Belgian reenactor sits atop a tank at Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Sep. 1, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    A Belgian reenactor stands in front of a tank at Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Sep. 1, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    Belgian reenactors pose next to a truck at Tanks in Mons, Belgium, Sep. 1, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    A Belgian child poses in a World War II era jeep at Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Sep. 1, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    A Belgian citizen waves American flags at Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Sep. 1, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    A World War II era tank rolls into Mons, Belgium at Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Sep. 1, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

    A Belgian reenactor sits atop a tank at Tanks in Mons, Belgium, Sep. 1, 2019. The annual event commemorates the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Candin Muniz)

     

    Here is a video from the event:

    Another video can be found here (Dvidshub).

    For more information check Tanks in Mons. It certainly looks like an event I’d like to visit.

    Source: Dvidshub. Photos: U.S. Air Force, by Senior Airman Candin Muniz.

    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics and sound suppressors. TCCC Certified medic.


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