Cambrai - Musée militaire
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Cour de La Manutention
22, rue des Capucins
1st and 3rd Sundays of every month from 3.00pm to 6.00pm
Adult : €3
Child : €1,50
Group visits: please contact us
Tel. : +33 (0)18.104.22.168.78.
Musée Militaire de Cambrai
Managed by La Fleurus (the Friends Association of the 1st Infantry Regiment), the Pierre Cousin Museum retraces the military history of Cambrai, a garrison town from 1871 to today. It commemorates the successive presence of the 4th Cuirassiers Regiment (until 1914), the 1st Infantry Regiment (until 1939), the No.2 Selection Centre (until 2000) and the Air Base 103 (closed in 2012).
The first room is entirely dedicated to the 1st Infantry Regiment, which, though currently stationed in Sarrebourg, maintains a special relationship with its original garrison. Visitors can see many personal items belonging to the emblematic figure General Aubert Frère, as well as many of the Regiment’s symbolic objects, models, photographic documents and souvenirs, both old and new.
The tour takes visitors on a journey through both World Wars, discovering a superb collection of helmets, uniforms and military equipment from 1914-1918. A very fine collection of arms, bayonets, various caliber munitions, musical instruments and other items is also on display for visitors.
The last room houses several exceptional examples of uniform and equipment from the 1939-1945 period, evoking the German occupation, the Resistance, the passive defence, the bombings of Cambrai and the arrival of the Americans.
The Indochina and Algerian wars are also commemorated. In terms of more recent history, the museum displays some items connected to the No 2 Selection Centre and compulsory military service.
For the more nostalgic visitors, there are several symbolic elements on display, evoking the presence of Air Base 103 in Cambrai-Epinoy, the last military presence in the area. Not to be missed are the remarkable relief map of the base, models in pilot uniform and formal dress, an impressive collection of badges and insignia, the ejector seats from a Mirage F1 and Mirage 2000, and an example of the imposing ‘Matra’ missile.