- Starts: 13/12/2019 11:00 am
- Ends: 15/12/2019 4:00 pm
2019 will be marked by the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. On the 13, 14, and 15th of December, the Bastogne War Museum will take part in the NUTS Weekend, just like the rest of the city of Bastogne. A series of events will be organised during these three days:
- Official ceremony and patriotic parade in the Grand’rue
- Nuts jet from the balcony of the Town Hall
- 42nd March of the Perimeter of Bastogne
- Static & dynamic exhibitions
- Sounds & lights show
- Meetings with veterans at the Bastogne War Museum
- Inauguration of Bois Jacques facilities and application
- Book fair with history books and documents
- Military fair
- Historical reenactments
- Christmas market with concerts and music from the 40’s
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.
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.
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.
Temporary exhibition organised from mid April 2019 until January 2020 in the City of Bastogne and around the Mardasson Memorial. Art Liberty pays tribute to the pioneering artists who have seized the Berlin Wall.
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.
On the 57 acres of Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial the remains of 7.992 American soldiers are interred. Most of these men lost their lives during the advance of the U.S. forces into Germany. The U.S. 1st Infantry Division liberated this site on 11 September 1944. A battlefield cemetery was established on 28 September 1944.
War is not only about battles, battlefields, winners or losers. It is also about mourning, souvenirs, reconstruction and commemoration. In the hamlet of Recogne, near Bastogne in Belgium, a German cemetery gathers the remains of more than 6,800 German soldiers from 17 to 52 years old, who died during the Second World War.