The Battle of The bulge: a climax
On December 16, 1944, the German army launch their last major offensive in the West. Bastogne is a capital stake that the Americans have to defend at all cost. On December 19, 1944, Brigadier general Anthony Mc Aulifffe, acting commander of the 101st Airborne Division arrives in Bastogne with his division and he establishes his headquarters at the Sous-Lieutenant Heintz Barraks. On December 22, 1944, he writes history by answering “ nuts” to the Germans troops encircling Bastogne and demanding surrender. His short but powerful statement becomes a turning point in the Battle of the Bulge.
Since 2010 the Bastogne Barracks is an Interpretation Centre for the Second World War. Make sure to visit the Nuts basement illustrating a decisive step in the Battle of the Bulge, as well as the numerous exhibition galleries. Discover the “Vehicle Restauration Centre” which gives a new lease of life to the Royal Military Museum armoured vehicles.
Opening times: Tuesday through Sunday. Guided tours only.
Departures: 9 am, 10 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm.
group over 20 visitors: upon appointment.
length of visit: about 90 minutes.
Location: Rue de La Roche, 40 6600 Bastogne
Tel: +32 61 24 21 24