Distance from base: 112 km
“I hear it is said that West Berlin is militarily untenable and so was Bastogne, and so, in fact, was Stalingrad. Any danger spot is tenable if men – brave men – will make it so.” – John F. Kennedy.
Spend a day in Bastogne. In this town, close to the Luxembourg border, thousands of soldiers died in WWII during the Battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944-1945. Though the American forces were cut-off from their supply line, without winter clothing, outnumbered, and unable to be re-supplied or supported by air due to some of the worst winter weather in years, the Germans were still unable to take the city. The legendary Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, U.S. 101st Airborne Division was one of the units present at Bastogne and Band of Brothers, an HBO miniseries, dedicated two episodes to their experiences there.
During your guided tour in Bastogne, you will see sights like the MacAuliffe Square, the Patton monument, Saint-Peters church, the Belgian Barracks and a display of WWII vehicles, the Mardasson memorial and the foxholes of the Easy Company. Afterward, you will have free time for lunch (not included) and some shopping before we heading to the American Cemetery in Hamm/Luxembourg.
This is an educational experience not to be missed!
First we will drive to a small village near Bastogne which is elaborately restored to display fortified positions, WWII gear and equipment, movement of armored vehicles, reconnaissance progressions, skirmishes between opposing forces. In the afternoon there will be reenactment of combats between German and US forces in the surrounding woods and fields. Just like Verdun or Waterloo, it is the biggest show in Europe depicting the Battle of the Bulge. A huge historical fresco realized by hundreds of volunteers, comprising of 250 reenactors coming from all across Europe and the United States, on the precise location of the Battle. A huge theater play that will take you back 75 years ago in the terrible chaos of the last major German offensive of the Second World War.
After we visited this historical site we will head towards Bastogne where you will have a chance to visit the small Christmas market in front of St. Peters Church. You can also walk to the Bastogne Barracks. But make sure to be back in time to see the Military Vehicle Parade displayed on the main street followed by a static show. If you are not that much into parades you can also get back on the bus which will take you to the War Museum which is worth a visit. There you can also meet veterans and purchase military books at the book fair. All around the museum there will also be WWII reconstructions.
Additional optional activities:
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Tour 1 Date: 17 September 2022 CANCELLED
Tour 2 Date: 15 Dec 2019
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€ 85 (6-12)
Tour 1 has a SAPI price of $TBD/person
Air Force Active Duty or Air Reserve Component personnel or enlisted member without a spouse are eligible. A member is allowed to bring one guest (and one guest only) that is also entitled to the discounted rate. This guest has no restrictions, and could be a civilian, a retiree, or even active duty in another branch of the military.
Round Trip Bus Transportation
Guided tour of Bastogne
Visit of the American Cemetery in Luxembourg
Round Trip Bus Transportation
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