December 1944 - La Gleize - Belgium

Address: Rue de l'Eglise 7, La Gleize (See map)
Telephone: +32 (0)80-785191

Shop: small shop present
Restaurant/refreshments: not available
Size of the museum/site: medium
Year of visit: 2001

Overall rating:

Description: On a snowy day we started our Battle of the Bulge: after two hours of driving over slippery roads we reached our objective, being the December 1944 museum. The first thing that caught our eye was the immense Königstiger (left behind after the heavy fighting at the end of 1944 and the beginning of 1945) in front of the museum.

The 15 dioramas with 85 dummies are the museum's main attraction. As you can see on the pictures below, they're very realistic and give you a good taste of the atmosphere of this tragic part of the Second World War. A small discomfort are the glass panels in front of the dioramas. So it's not very easy to take pictures, but from the upper level you have a good view. Furthermore there are a lot of photographs with explanation in four languages and posters to complete the presentation.

In our opinion this one of the best Belgian museums concerning the Battle of the Bulge!

Königstiger (Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger II) deployed in the "Battle of the Bulge".

German recruitment poster: "Defend Belgium by fighting on the Eastern Front".

American reconnaisance vehicle.

German and American handgrenade.

Taking care of the wounded and preparing the next mission.

Heavy German machinegun.

Scenery showing a German radio post.

Two U.S. infantry-men fighting in a village in the Ardennes.

Bird's view of the museum!

Display with medical equipment.