Ardennen Poteau '44 Museum - Poteau - Belgium

Address: Poteauerstrasse 22, Poteau (See map)
Telephone: +32 (0)80-217425

Shop: shop present
Restaurant/refreshments: not available
Size of the museum/site: small
Year of visit: 2002
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Description: In a small town near St. Vith in the Ardennes we discovered a small museum handling the Battle of the Bulge: Ardennen Poteau Museum '44.

It's housed in a former Customs Office, which was by turns in German and Belgian hands in the last centuries. The museum isn't a particularly large one, but what is on display is wonderful. The dioramas are life-like and most of the vehicles (jeeps, motors, half-tracks, cannons and tanks) are still in driving condition. Using the guide that can be borrowed at the entrance you get a detailed description of the strategies of both Germans and Allied Parties. The owners of the museum can also tell you a lot of interesting stuff that isn't in the guide though. Next to this it is possible to get a tour through the battlefield in an American or German half-track vehicle.

German Sd.Kfz. 251. It is possible to tour the battlefield with this half-track.

Inside the poorly equiped Sd.Kfz. 251. It must have been hell sitting in this vehicle during battle.

M4 Sherman Tank equiped with 105 mm Howitzer undergoing maintenance.

Part of American M5 13-ton High-Speed Tractor with M2A1 105mm Howitzer.

M29 fast track vehicle. Its nickname was Weasel. An American mortar stands in the front.

WLA motorbike built by Harley Davidson. The motordriver is armed with a Thompson machinegun.

Part of the German diorama.

Waffen SS soldier with Panzerfaust, ready to fire.

Recruitment poster for the Waffen SS, by the hand of Hans Schweitzer (a.k.a. Mjölnir).

The museum's dog: A very nice mascot indeed!