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- Starts: 13/12/2019 9:00 am
- Ends: 15/12/2019 5:00 pm
Large gathering of military vehicles from the Second World War, Reconstitutions & Military Bourse held in Grandmenil (Manhay, Belgium) for the 75th anniversary of the Liberation and Battle of the Bulge. The event is organised by Ardennes History Remember and takes place at the Manhay History 44 Museum.
During the whole weekend, Manhay takes you back to the years 1944-45. Among the activities: a collection of military vehicles, historical reenactments, and performances from ‘The Manhattan Dolls’ who come straight from Tucson – Arizona (US). You might have met them in air meetings in the US or in England. For the first time they are coming all the way to Belgium especially for this event.
The entrance is free of charge.
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.
On 2 September 1944 allied troops crossed the Belgian border at diverse places. The process of liberation went fast: in ten days a large majority of the country was liberated. But it did not put an end to the German occupation. Two months later Hitler surprised the Allies with his last offensive: the Battle of the Bulge.
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The 101st Airborne Museum in Bastogne is housed in the prestigious building of the former officers’ mess of the Belgian Army, built in 1936. The museum retraces the course of the Battle of the Bulge, fought between December 1944 and January 1945. A collection of items from the battle, reconstructed scenes and mannequins are displayed.
Large gathering of military vehicles from the Second World War, Reconstitutions & Military Bourse held in Grandmenil (Manhay, Belgium) for the 75th anniversary of the Liberation and Battle of the Bulge. The event is organised by Ardennes History Remember and
The Baugnez 44 Historical Center in Malmedy traces the course of the Battle of the Bulge with a focus on the massacre of Baugnez/Malmedy on 17 December 1944. The museum was founded to commemorate the 84 Americans who were killed in the massacre. The collection presents small stories and reconstructed scenes, authentic material, vehicles, pictures and movies.