Adolf Hitler’s last major offensive on the Western Front began on December 16, 1944, as 200,000 German soldiers attacked thinly held American positions in the forests of the Ardennes in Belgium and Luxembourg. The Germans struck hard, initially gaining successes against their surprised and often inexperienced opponents. Soon however, small units of G.I.s rallied to slow the enemy onslaught as reinforcements poured into the Ardennes. For more than five weeks, the two sides fought one the bitterest contests of the Second World War, ultimately involving nearly one million combatants and inflicting almost 200,000 casualties.
The Battle of the Bulge was the largest engagement ever fought by the United States Army, and it resulted in the defeat of Germany’s last reserves. The war in Europe would end less than four months later.
Our most recent Battle of the Bulge tour stretched from October 17th to October 24th, 2015. Our tour began with a visit to the excellent Royal Armed Forces Museum in Brussels, our week-long itinerary included numerous sites in Belgium, Germany, and Luxembourg, where the valor and grit of the American soldier was pitted against the Wehrmacht’s desperate attempt to reverse the course of World War Two. Today, the Ardennes remains a region of villages, farms, and forests, where the past is never far away.
Our most recent tour concluded on October 24th 2015. Visit our Battle of the Bulge page here for a recap and slideshow of our recent tour. Please Contact us for upcoming tour dates.