The Military Museum of Oroszka has the largest private collection of military objects of Central Europe focusing on the warfare events of the three months of the local front of World War II and giving a gap filling descripition of the fates of the German-Hungarian and Soviet soldiers who fought there.
The visitor is taken on a real journey through time in the two-storey main building giving home to the unique collection.
In addition to a multitude of weapons, infantry spades, drinking bottles, mess-tins, ammunitions, battle tanks, guns, uniforms, photos, badges and medals one can wander among life-size dioramas and meet i.a. the German policeman guarding the fuel bunker and the soldiers hiding within the bunker, and – listening to the popular tunes of the period — share the feelings of the soilders as they ponder over their lunch longing for peace but preparing for the next battle.
At the moment the Museum houses approx. 400 hand weapons. But it is not only relics, uniforms and hand weapons that are displayed here by the hundreds. Airplane wrecks, heavy weapons, operational military vehicles and various artillery weapons make every visitor’s jaw drop whether that be a young child or an adept adult.
Whoever feels like getting a closer insight into destinies of individuals in wartime can spend hours immersed in studying the displays of the Museum. Here every object has a history.
The keen visitor can discover the boundless inventiveness of the civilian population through examples like what was the feeding plate of the dog of the history teacher of the School of Kéménd at that time, or how a Russian helmet was converted into a cauldron or a plaster scoop; what a hammered armour vest can be used for, or what was the function of the wire found in the pants of the American pilot who performed emergency landing over the village Garamszentbenedek.
Furthermore, information is provided on how grapevine climbs up the 23 mm machine gun of an Ilyushin long-range bomber, or what hens have to do with a Panther Tank wheel that hit a mine.
The most treasured object on display at the Museum is unique in the world. In the nearby forest an explosion sent the helmet of one of the soilders landing on a young tree, which had completely grown through it over time. The resulting strange composition announces nature’s force and rebirth.
Visitors to this place can truly experience for a time both mentally and emotionally what had actually happened in our country district, and with all due admiration and respect, they will want to live so that events like that may never-ever occur again.