Building of the "MGS" - Military History Collection PzBrig21 - Augustdorf
Building of the "MGS" - Military History Collection PzBrig21 - Augustdorf

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The military history collection of the Panzer Brigade 21 in Augustdorf, or MGS Augustdorf for short, is part of the Bundeswehr's museum and collection network.

Sergeant Major Schlüter
Sergeant Major Schlüter

This network includes, among others, the Bundeswehr Military History Museum with its exhibitions in Dresden, Berlin-Gatow and the Königstein Fortress in Saxony, the Defense Technical Study Collection in Koblenz and all other military history collections at association and site level within Bundeswehr properties. By presenting German (military) history in a museum, these institutions make an important contribution to the historical and political education and training of members of the Bundeswehr on the one hand, and on the other hand inform our civilian visitors free of charge about the changes in the interrelationships between society, the state and military and thus contribute to a better understanding of the Bundeswehr and security policy.

The MGS of Panzerbrigade 21 is located in Augustdorf in the GFM Rommel barracks, approx. 500 m south of the north gate, through which visitor traffic is also regulated.

The construction of the collection began in 2002, after the barracks had lost the last of their former three tank battalions and also the tank reconnaissance battalion of the 7th Panzer Division due to troop reductions. On the occasion of the Augustdorf Soldiers' Day in 2004, the MGS opened its doors to the general public for the first time.

In the former headquarters of the 7th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, around 1,700 exhibits on the military history of Lippe and especially Augustdorf are on display on an area of almost 700 m², spread over two floors.

In addition, 15 large pieces of equipment that were once used as combat vehicles in the brigade are on display in the outdoor area.

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