The Battle of the Bulge


A painful battle

Re-live the main episodes of the famous Battle of the Bulge by following the seven remembrance trails that take you to the places where they took place. Pay your respectful homage to those who fought and died at the major sites of this battle which played a decisive part in the history of Europe. Explore the monuments, the commemorative plaques and the moving remains of this conflict, such as tanks and tank turrets, the vertical trenches known as foxholes and the many museums dedicated to the battle. Walk over the ground where American, British and German troops fought, and imagine the suffering endured by the local population, many of whom, as civilians or prisoners of war, were killed in the battle.

A precious witness

The Battle of the Bulge is the name given to a group of military operations that took place in the Belgian Ardennes and the North of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg during the winter of 1944-45, a few months after the Allied D-Day landings in Normandy. The battle began with a surprise dawn attack by the Germans on 16 December 1944. The dogged resistance of the American troops stationed here prevented Hitler from achieving his original objective of seizing the bridges over the Meuse and advancing on Antwerp. At the end of December, the Allies, reinforced by Patton’s army and the 30th British Corps under Montgomery, launched their counter-offensive and gradually pushed back the German armies. By the end of January 1945, the Germans had retreated behind the Siegfried Line.

Not to be missed

The new Bastogne War Museum, which opened in March 2014, and the Bastogne Barracks, the newly-renovated former headquarters of General McAuliffe’s 101st Airborne Division during the Battle, now a visitors’ centre and memorial.

The Battle of the Bulge

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