- Starts: 22/12/2019 8:00 am
- Ends: 22/12/2019 5:00 pm
In December 1944, the fighting between German and American troops led by General Desobry was fierce. Unfortunately, American troops withdrew and the village found itself under German occupation again. On 21st December, the Gestapo searched the houses in the village and gathered twenty hostages. A German army officer read out some names. Those who heard their names were released. The others were taken behind a house and executed.
Father Louis Delvaux, Roger Beaujean, Felix and François Deprez, Auguste Lutgen, Romain Henkinet, Joseph Rosière and Michel Straenen lost their lives on that day. On the Sunday of the annual Nuts weekend in Bastogne, a religious service will be held in their memory at the church of Noville.
On 22nd December 2019, readings and prayers will be read out and wreaths will be laid at the ‘Enclos des Fusillés’ (monument to remember the eight people who were shot) and at the General Desobry monument.
In December 1944, when the Allies had advanced unto the Belgian Ardennes, they were completely surprised by three German armies. This was the beginning of the Ardennes Offensive or ‘Battle of the Bulge’. It was a last desperate attempt of the German Wehrmacht to cut through the allied lines. The battle lasted more than six weeks and took many lives on both sides.