- Starts: 13/12/2019 9:30 am
- Ends: 15/12/2019 8:00 pm
The programme of the Bastogne War Museum Nuts Weekend for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge:
- Miniature reconstruction of the Grand’Rue of Bastogne in 1944
- In front of the Museum: free exhibition « Art Liberty. From the Berlin Wall to Street Art »
- Military tents outside: static display and sale of items and documents related to the Second World War
- Exhibition of debris from a P-61A-5 Black Widow (“Jukin Judy”) aircraft belonging to 422nd NFS crashed near Bastogne on December 27, 1944
- “Share your WWII story”: contemporary of the Second World War or not, take advantage of our recording studio to share your anecdote or that of a close
Friday, Dec. 13: (Museum open from 9.30 am to 8.00 pm, last entrance at 6.00 pm. Shop, Patton’s canteen and cafeteria are open 10.30 pm) :
- Signing session of authors, designers, and photographers of the Battle of the Bulge (Philippe Jarbinet, Andrew Biggio, Andy Kutler, Hugues Wenkin, Peter Caddick-Adams, Pierre Muller, Christian Dujardin, Robert Allen, Christer Bergström et Laurent Rodange)
- 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm: “Meet and Greet” with about 15 veterans
Saturday, Dec. 14: (Museum open from 9.30 am to 8.00 pm, last entrance at 6.00 pm. Shop, Patton’s canteen, and cafeteria are open until 10.30 pm) :
- Books and history documents fair
- 9.30 am to 4.00 pm: Aid’s Station: presentation of medical assistance during the Battle of the Bulge
- Meeting with civilian witnesses of Winter 44-45
- From 10.30 am to 12.30 am: meeting with Shane Taylor, “Doc” Roe in the series Band of Brothers
- 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm: Discover the incredible life of volunteer nurse Augusta Chiwy through American historian and author Martin King
- In the evening: food trucks, bars, and musical animations by the Dixies boys band near the Mardasson and the museum
Sunday, Dec. 15: (Museum open from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm, last entrance at 4.00 pm. Shop, Patton’s canteen and cafeteria close at 7.00 pm) :
- Meeting with veterans
- 10.30 am to 1.30 pm: “Indian Head”: static display of 40 military vehicles
- 12.30 am to 2.00 pm: Meet Shane Taylor, the actor of “Doc” Roe in Band of Brothers, Chris Langlois, real grandson of Eugene “Doc” Roe and Matthew Leitch, actor in Band of Brothers.”
The Bastogne War Museum represents a new way to remember the Second World War in Belgium. It offers a fresh perception in a modern and interactive framework of the causes, events and consequences of the Second World War, with a special focus on the Ardennes counteroffensive: the Battle of the Bulge.
The Bastogne Barracks Museum was opened in 2010. It is located in the barracks that accomodated the Allied Headquarters during the Ardennes Offensive in 1944. Restored parts of the barracks exhibit a collection of materials used in the fighting. The so called Nuts-basement shows the office where General McAuliffe spoke the famous word ‘Nuts’,that had a major influence on the outcome of the Offensive.
The McAuliffe Memorial in Bastogne is dedicated to the memory of General McAuliffe, defender of the city in 1944. The monument was carved by Miss Silvercruys, sister of the Belgian Ambassador to the US at the time. The work was inaugurated by the General in person. In 1947, the square where the memorial is standing was renamed McAuliffe Square.
Organised by the Town of Bastogne, the commemoration is a patriotic procession that brings together veterans, brotherhoods, dignitaries, students, Belgian and American military platoons and veterans and includes the laying of two wreaths. The ‘Jet de Noix’ from the balcony of the Town Hall brings the commemoration to a close. Free admission.
A place of great importance during the Battle of the Bulge, Bastogne Barracks, the site of the War Heritage Institute (WHI), brings you right back to December 1944. Lively exhibitions, a parade of vintage military vehicles, vehicle restorations… an unforgettable experience! A sound and light show will complete the weekend programme. Free admission.
2019 will be marked by the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. On the 13, 14, and 15th of December, the City of Bastogne and the Bastogne War Museum will take part in the annual NUTS Weekend, during which a series of events will be held.
This book fair, organised by the Town of Bastogne in collaboration with Croisy bookshop, will take place in the glass-covered hall of INDSé 2nd and 3rd grades (Séminaire), and will offer a wide selection of books dealing with the 1940-45 war, plus a selection for kids. Signing sessions will also be organised. Free admission.
Historical walk punctuated with static reconstructions set up by collectors. Three different walking distances starting from the Sports Centre. Price: €6.
Roughly a hundred military vehicles of the time and today will parade in the Grand’rue (main street). An event organised by the city in collaboration with the WHI. A static exhibition of these same vehicles will also be on display in the Quartier Latin. Free admission.
There will be more than fifty stalls, a toboggan run, a carousel and Santa’s house for children! During the weekend, projection of old photos, music of the 1940s.
From Dec. 13th to Dec. 15th, the village of Bizory hosts an airfield where you can discover the legendary Piper planes. Aerodrome will be open from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm. The entrance is free.
Throughout the weekend, the village of Hardigny will readopt the look of the 1940s with a historic, marked trail that will allow visitors to discover and experience the living conditions in the countryside as they were during the winter of 1944-45. A pyrotechnic display will be held on Sunday, 15th December.