Hotel Du Commerce
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... name on them ( I seriously could not find any tshirts or hats) and not having very good information on where to find things outside the town. Like memorials and foxhole locations dug by the troops 70 years ago. Fortunately for me, I met a guy that is part of the Band of Brothers tour on my first day in Bastogne. He marked up my map and told me where to go to find them. So after the museum I was off towards the town of Foy.
As you approach Foy ...
... the roads they needed to control all met in Bastogne. They were trying to get to the port of Antwerp to disrupt the Allied supply line. Back to Bastogne. From December 20-27, the Germans attacked the town. The Allies held. When the Germans thought they had them in a position of surrender, a German soldier was dispatched to request the Allied surrender. American General Anthony McAuliffe simply said "Nuts!" Which was a polite way of saying "Go ...
... just over the border to Luxembourg. Okay? So, really it could have happened anywhere in this tiny little country. Hell, Luxembourg is about the size of Rhode Island.
And remember Rob, it's been 70 years. A lot has changed in 70 years. Hell, it's probably a parking lot now.
But I thought . . . if I follow that road east out of Arlon, and I see where that road crosses ...
... Uncle Robert was killed on October 22, 1944 during this rapid repositioning of army corp in Luxembourg, just over the border from Belgium. . It was the day before what was to be his 20th birthday A buddy of his fell from the back of a transport truck into the path of the truck that followed. Robert jumped after him, pushed him aside to safety, but was killed when hit by the truck that followed.
He was ...
... countryside, particularly the rue from Ver-sur-Mer to Ryes to Somervieu to Bayeux has no lights. As in NO lights. As in coal mine with no lights
And the cute, but not exactly illuminating , Lady Bug head light and flashing red tail beacon with which Francois outfitted me might have worked on a Schwinn Sting Ray back in the day, but weren't exactly up to the 20 km stealth ride I was on in backcountry Normandy.
No problem Rob. ...