Battle of the Bulge
If you are really interested in WW2 and in the Battle that happened around Bastogne, check out this website:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Bulge A jump in the past, trying to imagine how it was and how our guys felt, impossible !
A deep sense of proudness...
Books and Movies
I picked up two books about the Battle of the Bulge before we left, neither of which I had time to read. The first book, A Tour of the Bulge Battlefield by William C.C. Cavanagh, is ideal if you have lots of time in the area as it's a guided tour through the battlefields. The other book, A Time for Trumpets: The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge by Charles B. Macdonald, my husband read while we were traveling and really enjoyed it but it's not for the casual history buff as it clocks in at 720 pages. I ordered both from Amazon, one from their used bookstore at a great price.
We watched Battle of the Bulge, a Henry Fonda movie, after we returned. It's a bit dated and you could tell that there wasn't a lot of attention to detail, the ending scenes looked like they were shot in a desert! And this was supposed to be Belgium in December/January! What I would recommend is one of the episodes of the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers also features the Battle of the Bulge and is excellent viewing.
Apart from its relation to WWII (the city was almost totally destroyed during the Battle of the Bulge), Bastogne today is a main shopping center for the area. 2 Minnesotians (2nd cousins, or how does one name the children of his father's cousin?) on top of the Memorial.
One of the most famous things...
One of the most famous things to see in Bastogne is the MARDASSON; which is built in 1950 to remember the soldiers who died in 'The Battle of the Ardennes'(December 1944).
It is ca. 12 metres high and on the walls you can read about the Battle.
Place de McAuliffe
Place de MacAuliffeWe only stopped in Bastogne for a drink and something to eat, so I do not have real good photographs of the town.
Bastogne is a historical place, and in WW II heavy battles were fought here.