Americans in Flanders Fields

names & places

  • main galleries
  • temporary exhibition


The temporary exhibition 

names & places 

highlights the presence of Americans in Belgium during the First World War, before and after the official US participation in the war.

When the War broke out, there was much sympathy for 'poor little Belgium'. This led to all sorts of initiatives in America to help the Belgian civilians. Soon, American citizens were also enlisting in Allied armies to do their bit at the front.

After the declaration of war on Germany in April 1917, the US army was organised, trained and sent to Europe. The arrival of the Americans tipped the balance in favour of the Allies. During the summer and autumn of 1918, four US divisions also fought on the front in Flanders.

This exhibition is part of the project Americans in Flanders Fields, Names and Places 1917-1919, a partnership between the Museum, the Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC) and the Embassy of the United States of America in Belgium.

The exhibition is in the museum's main gallery and is included in the price of your ticket. The exhibition cannot be visited separately.