2019 PROGRAM – Hardigny 44’

Commemorations of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge

Hardigny 44’ - Reenactment and pyrotechnical show for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge in Hardigny (Bastogne).

The Ardennes Memories association was launched in 2009 at the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. It is an umbrella association aiming at coordinating some commemorations of the Battle of the Bulge in the Bastogne Region. Its goal is to offer a semi-professional show with an educational perspective in order to remember the past - and therefore safeguard the future.

Just like Verdun or Waterloo, it is the biggest show in Europe depicting the Battle of the Bulge. A huge historical fresco realized by hundreds of volunteers, comprising of 250 reenactors coming from all across Europe and the United States, on the precise location of the Battle. A huge theater play, in the heart of the villages of Hardigny and Neufmoulin that will take you back 75 years ago in the terrible chaos of the last major German offensive of the Second Wold War.

  • 14
    December
  • Opening of German static positions in Neufmoulin and US static positions in Hardigny

    Display of fortified positions, WWII gear and equipment, movements of armored vehicles, reconnaissance progressions, skirmishes between opposing forces,…

    In the afternoon : reenactment of combats between German and US forces in the surrounding woods and fields.

    Participation fee : FREE !

    Arrive at maximum 10AM !!!

    10:30 - 16:00 SAT.
  • 15
    December
  • Pyrotechnical show

    In the surrounding fields of Hardigny depicting the combats of the Task Force Booth for the defense of Bastogne in December 1944 with the recon elements of the 2nd Panzer Division. This show of approximatively 1 hour will be manned by over 250 reenactors, with the presence of several armored vehicles (and maybe planes), including an original Sturmgeschutz III German tank.

    Participation fee : 5€ for adults – Free for children under 12 years old

    Arrive at maximum 10AM !!!

    10:30 SUN.
  • Opening of German static positions in Neufmoulin and US static positions in Hardigny

    Display of fortified positions, WWII gear and equipment, movements of armored vehicles, reconnaissance progressions, skirmishes between opposing forces,…

    Participation fee : 5€ for adults – Free for children under 12 years old

    Participation pour la journée : 5€ adultes - Gratuit moins de 12 ans

    12:00 - 13:30 SUN.

 

It is worth noting that in the days prior to the event of Hardigny 44’, 2 columns of vehicles (armored and wheeled), together with historical reenactors, will be riding through the Namur and Luxembourg Provinces in total immersion (open solely to serious reenactors). Their journey will end in the Bastogne area for the pyrotechnical show. Those columns will reconstitute the journey of the Task Force Booth (US 9th Armored Division) and of the German 2nd Panzer Division in December 1944.