My Trip to Bastogne

McFergus
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May 3rd, 2018, 1:42 pm #1

I've been following this message board for a long time.... I recently moved to Belgium to begin a 3 yr tour and was able to go to Bastogne and see the museum there.  The weather was not that great so we didn't do the outdoor tour.  I feel very lucky to be here, last week we went to the American Cemetery in Luxembourg and saw Patton's grave.  What amused me at Bastogne was the large statue of a USN Sailor (the iconic kissing the nurse) in front of the museum.. the Navy had no role at Bastogne.  My wife is in the Navy and I'm a Marine so we like seeing the Sea Services represented.  Go Navy Beat Army... We heard there's a great museum at Malmedy and we're headed on the Bridge Too Far tour to Arnhem in about a month... The Somme is only an hour away.  A great way to go on a huge war history tour and have the government pay. 
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May 5th, 2018, 3:26 am #2

Good for you. Have a good tour. Thank you both for your service
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May 5th, 2018, 3:39 am #3

Tomorrow is Saturday...I hope the wife doesn't mind going to the Somme or Dunkirk.  It's set... we're going to Arnhem in June.  My coworker's wife is from Canada and they went to the Canadian WWI monument at Vimy Ridge, in Northern France, which was a major battle Canada fought, suffering 10,000 casualties.  We live near Mons, Belgium and there are many WWI and WWII historical sites within 1-2 hours drive from here.  It's a great opportunity for me, considering the amount of time I spent studying these battles.
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May 5th, 2018, 6:58 pm #4

Don't know your detailed itinerary but you are passing through the site of the Battle of France (90,000 French KIA). There are a couple of "Ouvrages" of the Maginot line extant.
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May 5th, 2018, 8:20 pm #5

McFergus wrote: It's set... we're going to Arnhem in June.
Be sure to visit the National Liberation Museum near Groesbeek on your Market Garden tour, if you have the opportunity.
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May 9th, 2018, 2:28 am #6

Why not go to Normandy in June and the Market Garden Tour in September...

Always nice to visit the regions at the time of year events really happened.... Yes, more people but also much more to see and to do...

Enjoy your tour in the ETO!
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McFergus
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May 24th, 2018, 11:01 pm #7

MarkB wrote: Be sure to visit the National Liberation Museum near Groesbeek on your Market Garden tour, if you have the opportunity.
I knew I would get good tips from you guys!  Looking on Google Maps, Groesbeek is about a half hour south of Arnhem.  We also are planning to go to the Hartenstein Museum, and of course the John Frost Bridge.  We will be in the Arnhem area overnight before continuing on to Amsterdam.   Being married, and also having a 10 yr old, I have to "negotiate" my war museums with zoos and other attractions.  My sister will be here from Arizona, and she wants to see the Ann Frank house.
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