The Hurtgen Forest and Ardennes Liberation Route - 2017 - DP

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This liberation route covers the story of two of the major engagements on the border between Belgium and Germany. 

The battle for the Hurtgen Forest, the (Schlacht im Hürtgenwald) was a series of fierce battles fought throughout the autumn and winter of 1944-45 between U.S. and German forces during World War II in the Hürtgen Forest south ear of Aachen east of the Belgian–German border. It was the longest battle on German ground during World War II, and the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought.  Fought in cold and wet conditions it tested the endurance of men to their limits, and sometimes beyond.

The battle of the Ardennes December 1944-January 1945, was one of the largest battles of the Second World War.  The German surprise attack on the weak US force in the Ardennes was a dramatic holding the sector is one of the most dramatic episodes in the Second World War. Although mainly fought by the American and German forces, the XXXth British Army Corps was engaged in the battle at the high point of the German attack and took part in several significant engagements, and Belgian and French units played a significant role. 

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Day 1

Tour assembles Aachen noon.

The tour of the city of Aachen Travel to accommodation Effel area

 

Day 2

The Hurtgenwald battlefield covering the Kall Trail and the battles for Kall and Schmidt

 

Accommodation Eiffel area

 

Day 3

Visit to the site of the attack by the German 5th Panzer army on the extended American positions on the schnee Eiffel.  We have lunch in the historic town of St Vith and drive to Bastogne. In the afternoon we visit the visit the Bastogne War museum 

 

Accommodation Bastogne

 

Day 4

We look at the attack by the 5th Panzer Army across the River Our, the battle for the villages on skyline Drive and the battle for Clervaux and the battle for Bastogne, including the actions of the 101st Airborne Division.

 

Day 5

 The attack by the 6 SS Panzer Army included the dramatic advance by the SS battle group led by Jocheim Peiper and the battle for Elsenborn Ridge.  In passing we look at the defence of St Vith.

 

Day 6

Turning the tide. We look at the actions that took place between Christmas 1944 and the New Year.  We follow the relief of Bastogne by the 4th US Armoured Division on the Southern flank and the the story of the battle for Parkers Crossroads and the battle for Manhay. 

 

Day 7

The British in the Ardennes. On the way back to the UK we visit the British battles in the Ardennes, including the attack on La Roche-en-Ardennes and the airborne division attack on Bures and the Commonwealth War Cemetery at Hotton.

 

The tour disperses in Brussels

 

Route

  1. Aachen