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8 mile round trip ,Margaret 6600 Bastogne, Ligne 163 , bois de la paix, wood of Peace , Belguim,

Posted in Belguim, bois de la paix, Ligne 163, Margaret 6600 Bastogne, wood of Peace with tags , , , , , , , on August 31, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

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Note from Dad This was a warm day at around 25 , humid , 8 miles aprox .

Start of the Church at Margaret 6600 Bastogne,

small commemorative plaque

most of the roads are called Margaret , so they put a sign up telling where to find the house numbers

off we go !

can you see the flock of birds – they were very noisy !

the electricity line was full of the birds !

we passed a lot of cows !

Evie and me have sun cream on already

Leo also has sun cream on but he does not like it being put on ,

Evie in the woods – this is peace woods

there is lots of woods around here,

a sign telling you about a path !

can you see the wind turbine?

we found a old trailer on the railway

This the railway line looking towards the memorial for 101st airborne divsion

an old bridge – I spent time here while we were having a picnic looking at lizards they were too fast to photograph, they were black in colour

look what hopped onto Leo’s push chair

a green grasshopper
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grasshopper
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=green+grasshopper&hl=en&biw=1280&bih=699&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=0C9hTpvUI8WEOqz01EU&sqi=2&ved=0CDoQsAQ

its on me !

off we go , we saw lots of people on bikes

Leo is sitting up most of the time in the pushchair

after such a long walk Leo is asleep with his sun hat on him !

Ths old station can you see the sunflower ?
next to it is the memorial to the 101st Airborne division we saw last time 
http://www.strijdbewijs.nl/ardennen/bas1.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/101st_Airborne_Division
http://www.101airborneww2.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastogne
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=101+airborne+bastogne&hl=en&biw=1280&bih=699&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=uCVhTp2ZCIuhOrWQlJUE&sqi=2&ved=0CDsQsAQ
http://www.lonesentry.com/gi_stories_booklets/101stairborne/
http://www.cgsc.edu/carl/resources/csi/mitchell/mitchell.asp
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/42679138
http://chrishowells.co.uk/?page_id=341

we found a beetle in the grass

Evie held it too !


he 4,000 trees making up this wood were planted for the 50t

these are some of the solders names who came back

the beetle is still on me !

some of the trees that make up the woods

a rest – this was a long way – we now have just done 6 miles ,

we are running about – still

Evie on road from the peace woods back to Margaret  its about another 2 miles from here 😦

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Margaret 6600 Bastogne, bois de la paix, wood of Peace , Belguim,

Posted in American Army, Belgium, bois de la paix, Margaret 6600 Bastogne, Second World War, second world war memorial, wood of Peace with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

This is the village we are staying in , its called  Magaret near Bastogne,

http://www.paysdebastogne.be/en/discoveries/battle-of-the-bulge/hades_visite_fiche/the-village-of-mageret-during-the-battle-of-the-ardennes/e_1750
http://www.bastogne.be/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panzer_Lehr_Division
http://www.final-round.com/resources/index.php?pageid=101
http://www.bastogne.be/commune/ville-villages/villages/mageret/

Team Cherry at Mageret
While the main force is under pressure in Longvilly forward elements of Team Cherry engage Mageret to reopen the road to Bastogne. But the road leading into the village is soon blocked by the wrecks of a destroyed Sherman tank and two half tracks (the Sherman was heading the column and shot down by a German PAK that had just been set up). At about 1500 a small patrol consisting of 18 infantrymen, two medium tanks and a 105mm. assault gun are sent out against the village, moving cross country north of the road. Although one of the Sherman tanks gets stuck in the bad terrain, draws fire and has to return to the column, the rest of the patrol is able to move on. They enter the northeast part of the village but although they can make out some German tanks and infantry they are in no strength to engage the enemy.

Another group of 40 men accompanied by a section of medium tanks is sent against the southern part of Mageret but as the tanks have difficulties with the rough terrain south of the road no real progress is made. The infantry consists of stragglers from Longvilly and is reluctant to move without the accompanying tanks.

The scattered remains of Team Cherry manage to conquer three houses at the northeastern edge of Mageret where they are stuck. Suffering more and more losses to the German attackers, they are finally (at 0030, 20th December) released to withdraw towards Bizory. Under the covering fire of the paratroopers they manage to make their way to Foy and finally to Bastogne.

taken from http://www.final-round.com/resources/index.php?pageid=101

Barn as part of the building , people lived on one side of the house

This is the front of the same house ,

This is a Sherman tank turret ,

the back of the turret

http://users.skynet.be/jeeper/page135.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M4_Sherman
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lend-Lease_Sherman_tanks

the church had to be rebuilt after the battle

can you see the old tractors ?

old school building

one of  the buidings shows battle scars ?

looking at old bullet holes

this shows another old

This is where we are staying

It is full of wood and lots of interesting old objects

This is the view from my room !

Leo’s Cot

Leo was very tired after his trip !

we walked to the peace woods,

 



The Wood of Peace is laid out to recreate the UNICEF emblem: a mother and child, symbol of human tenderness. This design is only visible from the air



The 4,000 trees making up this wood were planted for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. They were dedicated to the American veterans who fought in the Ardennes, Belgian combatants and all the civilians and military who died in the winter of 1944-45. Every veteran who returned to Bastogne in 1994 chose a tree, which will always bear his name. The Wood of Peace is laid out to recreate the UNICEF emblem: a mother and child, symbol of human tenderness. This design is only visible from the air. The trees on the site are mostly service trees, birches, beech trees and oaks.
these are some of the people whose names are next to the trees

some of the divisions who are commemorated in this wood
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/101st_Airborne_Division
http://www.cgsc.edu/carl/resources/csi/mitchell/mitchell.asp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/82nd_Airborne_Division

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Bastogne
http://users.skynet.be/jeeper/page135.html

some of the civilian groups involved

note from dad :apologies to people we missed but there are over 4000 trees and a lot of name plates,