Following an amazing few days exploring the Ardennes and the Battle of the Bulge with our guide Michel, for our 5th and final day we were left to our own devices. So, we decided to go on a tour of Bastogne and investigate a bit more of its history and try and find a few of those buildings connected with the siege of December 1944 – January 1945.
As well as this, we also follow the story of the Angel of Bastogne (which you can see in the 4th and final Vlog from this trip), we visit the Mardasson memorial which was dedicated to those American servicemen who became casualties during the Battle of the Bulge and we also get a personal tour of the remarkable Bastogne War Museum by curator Martin Cugnon.
For those who missed our Day 4 Journal Post, where we explore the British role during the Battle of the Bulge and the 6th Airborne Division’s Battle at Bure – Click Here.
Day Five: A Historical Tour of Bastogne Exploring its Connection with the Battle of the Bulge
I hope you have enjoyed our photo reel highlights from our 5 Day trip Exploring the Ardennes. Thank you for reading. Also a big thank you to Martin for kindly showing us around the Bastogne War Museum.
Our 4th Vlog from this trip which sees us follow the story of Renee Lemaire, the Angel of Bastogne will be out very shortly.
If you wish to find out more about any of the places discussed in this post, please do feel free to get in contact with myself or Ross and also please do see below, as I have put together some useful links including to some archive footage and photos.
I also highly recommend to anyone to take a read of Battlefield Guide Reg Jans article on the ‘Angel of Bastogne,’ which gives some amazing first hand testimonies of what happened at the aid station on the night of 24th December 1944. Link Below.
The Mardasson Memorial Inauguration