- 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 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.
Commemoration of the Siege of Bastogne (Saturday 14th)
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 (at the Patton and McAuliffe monuments). The ‘Jet de Noix’ (throwing of the nuts) from the balcony of the Town Hall brings the commemoration to a close. Free admission.
Perimeter Walk (Saturday 14th)
Historical walk punctuated with static reconstructions set up by collectors. Three different walking distances starting from the Sports Centre. Price: €6.
War Book Fair
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.
Show at the Mardasson
Spectacular sound and light show projected onto the Mardasson Monument. Organised by the Bastogne Memorial asbl (not-for-profit association). Five shows over the weekend. Free admission.
WHI Bastogne Barracks
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.
Nuts Days at the Bastogne War Museum
Over the weekend, the museum will host a book sale/exchange for war books and historical documents as well as displaying static WWII reconstructions around the building. On Sunday, the public will be able to meet several veterans. Free admission.
Military Vehicle Parade (Sunday 15th)
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! Throughout the weekend, the following entertainment will be offered to visitors:
– Friday: 1940s marching band and jazz battle
– Saturday: 1940s singer and ‘guinguette’ (café/bar)
– Sunday: projection of old photos, music of the 1940s and fireworks display.
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.