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Author Topic: Battle of the Bulge (museum tour 2010)  (Read 11849 times)
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« on: 17 August 2010, 16:16:19 »
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This year we spent our vacation in Luxemburg, at the town of Hosingen.
From there you can easily reach all important areas of the Bulge theatre.

We started in Bastogne.
Located near the highway a small museum with weapons/ clothings and personal equipment from both sides( German and US)
Outside 1 vehicle, a US tankdestroyer, inside in dioramas a halftrack(US) a kettenkraftrad and a Hetzer.
Next to the museum is the large monument.
A circleshaped building with the names of the US states on them and the names of all US divisions which fought in the Bulge.
On top of the monument you have a huge panoramic view of the surrounding area of Bastogne.
North, south, west and eastern part of the monument has a small map on a bronze plate showing the area for each respective direction.


Price is Euro: 7,50 for adults.

Next in our visit was the town of Clervaux.
Clervaux is breathtaking when you drive down the road, it lays in a beautifull valley surrounded by mountains.
In the centre overlooking Clervaux you find the castle with the Ardennes exhibition.
At the entrance a Pak43 (88mm)and a Sherman M4 (76mm) disabled in Clervaux.

The museum is very small, it contains dolls with clothing, weapons and a lot of personal stuff from soldiers, also some maps and pieces of newspapers and magazines.
Worth  a visit, cost only 2 euros, it looks small but roughly the same scale as Bastogne.

Next stop Diekirch.
Drive down the main road from Hosingen and you will see the museum located just 600 meters inside Diekirch.
This was a great museum!
From the street it looks small, but once you are inside!
Outside a large 155 mm artillery gun and a 105mm Howitzer, an M4 sherman(76mm) and a British 25 pounder fieldgun diorama.

Inside is huge, some extra dioramas showing US soldiers preparing a small boat, a US 40 mm AAA gun with crew.

Also a large room with a lot of German and US vehicles, guns and equipment.

Pak40

20mm flak 4

This museum was about the best I saw regarding the bulge, cost 0nly Euro 2,50.
The museum is bigger than its Bastogne counterpart and three times cheaper.
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« Reply #1 on: 18 August 2010, 11:13:22 »
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here are some more 'Ardennes' picture: http://www.warandtactics.com/smf/ardennes-pictures/

& info:
http://www.warandtactics.com/smf/links-to-war-and-military-related-websites-and-fora/ardenneswacht-am-rheinbattle-of-the-bulge-websites/
http://www.warandtactics.com/smf/world-war-2-on-the-internet/battle-of-the-bulge-wacht-am-rhein-websites/
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« Reply #2 on: 19 August 2010, 12:34:11 »
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Like this posts  salute
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« Reply #3 on: 19 August 2010, 23:17:29 »
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Interesting indeed, the 4x20 was still (with just slight modifications) used in my service time.

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« Reply #4 on: 20 August 2010, 12:42:48 »
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Plenty of stuff has been used after the war Matt.
I saw MK IV and stugs in Egypt in the war against Israel.
M10 tankdestroyers in Yougoslavia in 1998.
Austria kept the Hetzer in service untill the 1970s.
I thought France used the Panther tanks untill 1960.
I bet there are more examples too.
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« Reply #5 on: 20 August 2010, 16:23:38 »
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The M2 (affectionately known as the 'Ma Deuce') .50 cal Hvy MG is still in use to this day in the US military on most AFVs and many Hvy trucks and Humvees.
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« Reply #6 on: 26 August 2010, 21:45:42 »
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Plenty of stuff has been used after the war Matt.
I saw MK IV and stugs in Egypt in the war against Israel.
M10 tankdestroyers in Yougoslavia in 1998.
Austria kept the Hetzer in service untill the 1970s.
I thought France used the Panther tanks untill 1960.
I bet there are more examples too.


I have to look it up but I thought that Finland used the StuG's for some years after WWII
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« Reply #7 on: 31 August 2010, 09:15:32 »
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Spanish army used loads of german equipment, when Germany supported us (Nationalist rebels) provided us of many equipment and some of them were adapted or copied when time passed.

Actually MG42 cal 7.62 is still in use for most units, even when was tryied to change iy for AMELI, Nato 5.56.

Here it´s me with german (adapted) MG42, some of them had even german eagle marks which had been rubbed as it was said, although sincerely I never cared about searching for them, I was more worried about it´s weight, f*****g hell, what an additional weight when had to carry it with all equipment during hours or days.



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Spanish army used loads of german equipment, when Germany supported us (Nationalist rebels) provided us of many equipment and some of them were adapted or copied when time passed.

Actually MG42 cal 7.62 is still in use for most units, even when was tryied to change iy for AMELI, Nato 5.56.

Here it´s me with german (adapted) MG42, some of them had even german eagle marks which had been rubbed as it was said, although sincerely I never cared about searching for them, I was more worried about it´s weight, f*****g hell, what an additional weight when had to carry it with all equipment during hours or days.

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would look cool..... hanging on my wall  Brede lach
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« Reply #9 on: 31 August 2010, 14:51:55 »
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With some luck I am going to shoot with the mg 42 in two weeks Smiley
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