Just before daybreak on December 16, 1944, the German army opened its last offensive in the west. Operation Wacht am Rhein started with a huge artillery barrage. Shortly afterwards, the German divisions stormed forward and attacked the thinly occupied American lines. The German objective was to recapture Antwerp, thus splitting the Allied forces in two and gain a decisive victory in the West. The Ardennes Offensive would become the largest battle the US Army ever fought in their history. Although British troops also played a role in ultimately stopping and pushing back the Germans, the Battle of the Bulge was primarily an American affair. There are dozens of stories of individuals, small and larger US units that slowed the Germans down at crucial moments, messed up German plans, and eventually drove the Germans back across the border.
During this tour, you will follow in the trail of the German 116th “Windhund” Armoured Division. Starting in the Leidenborn -Lützkampen area across the German border you will visit those place that tell this division’s Battle of the Bulde story. Amongst other places, you will visit Ouren, Houffalize, Bertogne, Barrière-Hinck, Wibrin, Dochamps, Hotton and Verdenne.