Due to its geographical location in Western Europe, Belgium was the frequent scene of several important and decisive battles between the Great Powers: Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo in June 1815, the horror of trench warfare in Flanders during the Great War from 1914 to 1918, the German Blitzkrieg through the Ardennes Forest in May 1940, and the US Army's defeat of Germany's last offensive during the Battle of the Bulge from December 1944 to January 1945.
We invite you to travel the battlefields and see the most important sights with our expert guide-lecturer and bilingual (English & French) military historian - well-known for his many published books and articles - as we explain the historical context, goals, preparations, and consequences of these epic battles.
Battle of the Bulge guided tours
With the Normandy Campaign, the Battle of the Bulge is the most interesting battle in the European Theater of Operation (ETO) during the World War II. In order to change the course of the war Hitler tried to seize the port of Anvers. This operation was the last gamble of the Third Reich His armies had to pass through the Ardenne's area for reaching this strategic goal. So the German high staff decided to use his last elite reserves : SS-Panzer-division, paratroops and about two thousand tanks. In front of them there is only a small American army corps. Despite of harsh battle's condition: fierce fights, polar temperatures with deep snow and no mercy for the prisoners of war. The G. I.s have won with their courage! In order understand better this terrific Bulge's offensive with a guide-lecturer, we propose to you a return in the heart of this historical battle. Step by Step, You 'll follow the road of the Peiper column's Tiger II, the vanguard of the German offensive and visit the American resistance points and the key locations for the siege of Bastogne.