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The Royal Military Museum houses the historical archives of the Ministry of Defence up till the outbreak of the Second World War. Archives after this date are to be found at the Belgian Armed Forces documentation centre in Evere:
Quarters Queen Elisabeth,
rue d’Evere1, B-1140 Evere; 
info.ca@mil.be .

The Royal Military Museum also keeps private archives relating to Belgian military history. The RMM archives are accessible through both published and unpublished inventories, to be consulted in the reading room. Some of these inventories are digitalized.

The Moscow archives

The archives brought back from Moscow in 2002 constitute a rich source of information about Belgian military history (especially for the First World War and the interwar era). They are accessible through a database available in the reading room.

Personal military files

Many visitors are interested in family history and come to look for an ancestor in the Belgian armed forces. The RMM keeps the personal files of all officers born before 1900, as well as the files of non-commissioned officers and privates born between 1845 and 1888. The database of these files is online. Click here to check and for more information on what is kept where.


The files of officers born after 1900 and of non-commissioned officers and privates born after 1888 are kept partly at the Queen Elisabeth Quarters in Evere, partly at the State Archives of Belgium:

Des milliers de dossiers matriculaires d’officiers de l’Armée belge actifs au cours du XXe sont désormais accessibles aux Archives générales du Royaume - Archives de l'État en Belgique



Notices and proclamations

The documentation centre safeguards an extensive collection of notices and proclamations from the 18th century till the end of the Second World War. The part with the greatest historic value concerns the Austrian era, the Brabant Revolution and the two world wars.

As a reminder: an official notice, a proclamation or a warning is a document published by legal or actual (occupier) authorities to the attention of the population. A bill, on the other hand, has an iconographic content.

Fund Jordens

Fund Ernest Demuyter

Fund Robiano

Fund marriage records

Inventaris Rhodius

Inventaris Dothey

Fonds Fraternelle 9e Régiment de ligne

Fonds 10e Régiment de ligne

Fonds 3e Régiment des Chasseurs ardennais

Fonds 4e Régiment des Carabiniers

Fonds 16e Régiment d'artillerie

Inventaris franse notariële archieven

Fonds Goethals

Inventaris Ministerie van Landsverdediging

Fonds De Borchgrave

Inventaris fonds Van Der Stichelen-Roger

Fonds Fraternelle 1er et 4e Régiment de chasseurs à pied

Fonds Norbert Lejeune

Fonds Hautecler

Fonds Vlemincx

Fonds Pierre Paulus

Fonds Fouvez

Inventaris 1 fonds Militaire aanwezigheid in het buitenland

Inventaris 2 fonds 1870-1871

Inventaris 3 fonds 1830-1839

Inventaris 4 fonds Chazal

Inventaris 6 fonds Wilmet

Inventaris 10 fonds "Risquons-tout, 1848"

Inventaris 11 fonds Oostenrijkse periode

Inventaris 12 fonds Willems

Inventaris 13 fonds Duitse krijgsgevangenen

Inventaris 14 fonds Gezondheidsdienst en Rode Kruis

Inventaris 15 fonds Personalia

Inventaris 16 fonds medaille Sint-Hélène

Inventaris 17 fonds Franse Periode

Inventaris 18 fonds Navez

Inventaris 19 fonds Personalia

Inventaris 20 plannen

Inventaris 22 fonds Belgische militaire gebouwen

Inventaris 23 fonds Personalia

Inventaris 24 fonds broederschappen veldleger

Inventaris 25 fonds 'Ancien Regime'

Inventaris 28 België - buitenland

Inventaris 32 fonds Belgische marine

Inventaris 34 fonds kleding en uitrusting

Inventaris 36 fonds gendarmerie

Inventaris 39 fonds Versterkingen

Inventaris 19.2 fonds Personalia

Inventaris 19.2 fonds Personalia - addendum

Inventaris 40 fonds Dienst Duitse Krijgsgevangenen

Inventaris 41 fonds Korps Krijgsgevangenen