From there we will drive through the Ardennes to the Siegfried Line to see the remnants of German communication trenches, the pillboxes and dragons teeth, gun pits and foxholes that American GIs fought so hard to take in late 1944.
The Ardennes is where Hitler put everything he had into his only counterattack. On December 16, 1944, Lt. Lyle Bouck was one of the first people to see the German columns advancing. We will stop in , the town where Bouck and a platoon of 19 men held off a full strength German SS Battalion for an entire day. Upon examining the American positions and hearing the story, we will appreciate this breathtaking tale of heroism.
On December 17, 1944, the second day of their offensive, the Germans had several breakthroughs and many Americans surrendered near the town of Malmedy. Outside the town, the leading SS Panzer Division lined up about 150 GIs and fired at them point blank. Less than half escaped alive. We will see the site of the massacre and the American Memorial at Malmedy.
In the forested hills of eastern Belgium we visit a hamlet called Baraque de Fraiture at the intersection of two highways. Here in a grassy plot lies a carved granite boulder that proclaims it Parkers Crossroads for the commander and his men who held out for two days against a massive German onslaught.
From here, it is a beautiful drive through the Ardennes Mountains to our evening lodging.
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