Battle of the Bulge
Today, Henri will have special access to the Belgium military base from where B/G McAuliffe sent his famous reply, “NUTS!” to the German surrender demand. We have a long trip across the battlefield and visit many of the sites made famous in the battle: including the 82d Airborne Division sector, the withdrawal of the 7th Armored Division and the”Siegfried Line” with its signature “Dragon Teeth.”
From the German border we follow the attack route of “Kampfgruppe Peiper”, spearhead of the entire German attack plan, including the site of the infamous “Malmedy Massacre”. We continue through Trois-Ponts, scene of a valiant stand by the U.S. Engineer troops in their attempts to stop Peiper.
In La Gleize you will be able to examine one of only 11 German “King” Tiger II tanks remaining in the world as well as a German Panther tank. On our way back to Bastogne, we stop in Houffalize, junction point of the 1st and 3d U.S. Armies in the counter-attack, on 16 January 1945. Lunch on your own in Malmedy.