Bastogne Ardennes ’44 Museum – Bastogne Belgium


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Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum - Hetzer look a like G13

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum – Hetzer look a like G13

Bastogne Ardennes '44 - Hetzer look a like G13 backside

Bastogne Ardennes ’44 – Hetzer look a like G13 backside

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum- First Floor

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum- First Floor

Bastogne Ardennes '44 Museum- First Floor

Bastogne Ardennes ’44 Museum- First Floor

Bastogne Ardennes '44 Museum- First Floor

Bastogne Ardennes ’44 Museum- First Floor

Unfortunately the Bastogne Ardennes ’44 Museum closed not long after LandmarkScout visited it, but we can honestly assure you we had nothing to do with it!

Bastogne Ardennes '44 Museum- First Floor

Bastogne Ardennes ’44 Museum- First Floor

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum- First Floor

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum- First Floor

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum - Battle for the Ardennes

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum – Battle for the Ardennes

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum - Battle for the Ardennes

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum – Battle for the Ardennes

To write an article about a museum which can’t be visited any longer seems odd but the museum had a great and huge cellar dedicated to the Battle for the Bulge and the Battle for the Ardennes. The basement was one big diorama, most beautifully created with trenches, vehicles, mannequins, barbed wire, sounds and lights.

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum - Roka Bakelite headlight with nose rest

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum – Roka Bakelite headlight with nose rest

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum - Roka Bakelite headlight with nose rest

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum – Roka Bakelite headlight with nose rest

The Roka bakelite headlight was a flash light attached under the German helmet with a supporting headband. Used in dark areas, probably for clearing out houses.

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum - Stuka zu Fuss or Sd.Kfz. 251 with Wurfrahmen

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum – Wurfrahm for a Stuka zu Fuss or Sd.Kfz. 251 with rocket launch frame

Stuka zu Fuss - Schwerer Wurfrahmen an Schützenpanzer - Bundesarchive photo 101I-216-0417-09 by Dieck

Stuka zu Fuss – Schwerer Wurfrahmen an Schützenpanzer – Bundesarchive photo 101I-216-0417-09 by Dieck

Stuka zu Fuss

Stuka zu Fuss are Schwerer Wurfrahmen an Schützenpanzer or Walking Stuka – launch frames attached to the side of the German Halftrack Sd. Kfz. 251 or other vehicles; as can be seen on the photo from the Bundesarchive (101I-216-0417-09 by Dieck). These frames held 280 – 300mm High Explosive Rockets or 320 incendiary rockets and supported panzer units in urban areas. These rockets were not as accurate as artillery but were succesfull in urban areas.

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum - Battle for the Ardennes

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum – Battle for the Ardennes

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum - Battle for the Ardennes

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum – Battle for the Ardennes

Bastogne Ardennes '44 Museum - Battle for the Ardennes

Bastogne Ardennes ’44 Museum – Battle for the Ardennes

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum - Soldiers in the trenches

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum – Soldiers in the trenches

Bastogne Ardennes '44 Museum - Raupenschlepper Ost vehicle and Kleines Kettenkraftrad Sd.Kfz. 2

Bastogne Ardennes ’44 Museum – Raupenschlepper Ost vehicle and Kleines Kettenkraftrad Sd.Kfz. 2

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum - Sd.Kfz. 251 Halftrack

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum – Sd.Kfz. 251 Halftrack

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum - Battle for the Ardennes

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum – Battle for the Ardennes

The smaller dioramas on the top floor were evenly stunning. So even if the museum has closed somewhere in or after 2016 we love to share our photos with you. Let’s hope it opens again in the near future.

Bastogne Ardennes '44 Museum - Battle for the Ardennes

Bastogne Ardennes ’44 Museum – Ardennes Offensive

Bastogne Ardennes '44 Museum - Battle for the Ardennes

Bastogne Ardennes '44 Museum - Raupenschlepper Ost vehicle and Kleines Kettenkraftrad Sd.Kfz. 2

Bastogne Ardennes ’44 Museum – Raupenschlepper Ost vehicle and Kleines Kettenkraftrad Sd.Kfz. 2

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum - Soldiers in the trenches

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum – Soldiers in the trenches

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum - Battle for the Ardennes

Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum – Battle for the Ardennes

 





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