The hamlet Grandmenil became a battleground from december 24th till december 27th.
Your tourguide Bob Konings has been researching this battle since 2008 and this has resulted in the website grandmenil.com. During this tour you will learn all about the German advance till the point where they were stopped by a “lucky” bazooka shot.
The tour takes you to the highest point in this region, Baraque de Fraiture. From there we wil descent back towards Grandmenil and into the woods. You will see all the interesting places. Bob knows the stories in detail and he can step back in time. Artillery positions, foxholes. vital crossroads, bridges, etc. He wil tell you the story of Malempré, Manhay and, of course, Grandmenil.
Bob is a flexible tourguide: Tell him what you want to see, and he will take you there. It is also possible that he will come up with something completely new, wich recently came up during the researches.
That is neat about these tours: in the background, there are always the ungoing researches!
Duration of theis battle of the bulge tour: Apr. 3 hours.
“Bob told us he found some foxholes, he wanted to show us. Before I knew it, we were driving deeper and deeper into the woods, almost wrecking his car, and ended up on top of a hill, overlooking at least one hundred foxholes, beloning to the 75th Infantry Division.” – Patrick-
Extension: The Ottré Massacre.
On january 10th 1945 a gruesome massacre took place, just outside of the hamlet of Ottré.
At least 25 American soldiers were shot in cold blood by 2 German soldiers. Just a few soldiers survived this horrific place. The story itself almost was forgotten and details are hard to get. Only a few persons who know about this story are willing to cooperate.
Bob has been investegating this horrible story since 2009 and this research still isn’t finished.
Do you want to expand your Grandmenil tour with at least another hour? Ask him in advance!