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Bastogne, the sight of the Battle of the Bulge

The Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Battle of the Ardennes, started on December 16, 1944 when Hitler launched a surprise attack in an effort to reach the port of Antwerp. There were many factors working against the American forces as they defended Bastogne against the Germans, they were outnumbered, cut off from their supplies, without cold weather gear in a brutally cold winter yet the Germans were still unable to take Bastogne.

This was one of the most fierce battles of WWII, it was over by the end of January 1945 at a cost of many lives, estimates vary but the toll was somewhere around 75,000 Americans and 100,000 Germans.

  • Last visit to Bastogne: Sep 2006
  • Intro Updated Jan 15, 2007
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    We just drove through the province, so it was interesting reading your tips.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Hi, Kristi! Thanks for your story about that remarkable historical place....

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    The historical center must have been somber, but interesting. Good presentation

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    Currently we are re-watching Band of Brothers and last night reached the Bastogne episode. It is no less harrowing or moving a second time round.

  • Aug 21, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Yes, there were about 80,000 "casualties" during the Battle of the Bulge, but "only" about one-fourth are listed as killed in action. My dad was one of the missing in action (MIA) who was made a prisoner of war (POW). Fortunately for me, he came home.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2007 at 9:59 AM

    Another interesting historical place. Thanks for introducing it to me.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2007 at 6:17 PM

    I would enjoy seeing Bastogne because of its historical importance; I especially enjoy WWII history. You're as bad as I am about the reading about and researching before you go somewhere.

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2006 at 9:41 AM

    I'm sure my husband would love to see Bastogne for its military significance--my grandson would really go for the imposing looking tank! Thanks for the tips, Kristi!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2006 at 3:38 AM

    First Ipers then Bastogne - makes one glad that destructive battles like these have been relatively rare on North American soil. Great hotel tip, at least the pink chair matches the wall!

  • jo104's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2006 at 5:14 AM

    Interesting tips Kristi, that bedspread did look hideous

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