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December 44 Historical Museum

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Address: Rue de l'Eglise, 7, La Gleize B-4987 La Gleize, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 (0)80 78 51 91
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The December 44 Museum is located in the hearth of the Belgian...

The December 44 Museum is located in the hearth of the Belgian Ardennes, in the village of La Gleize, where the Battle of the Bulge was fought, on the northern part of the offensive. Surrounded by American airborne, armored and infantry forces, 800 German survivors of the 1st Panzer SS, a "Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler" elite division, lead by Peiper, fled on Christmas Eve leaving behind 135 armoured vehicles including the 69 tonne King Tiger tank, still visible at the museum.The museum accurately recounts these tragic events through one of the most important collection in Europe, most of it collected on the very battlefield where it was fought.

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This museum may be relatively small but it is a real hidden gem and well worth it at 7.50 euros. If you are interested in World War II or military history in general, this is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum may be relatively small but it is a real hidden gem and well worth it at 7.50 euros. If you are interested in World War II or military history in general, this is a must. Everything is well laid out and labelled in English. Not only is it stuffed full of exhibits from both sides who took part... More 

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Farmington, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

The guy at the front said this would take about 2 hours, but it took me just about an hour. I am interested in the history, but not fanatical about it. The displays were very well done and had very interesting artifacts in them, but truthfully, how many bomber jackets in a row do you need to see? The film... More 

Thank Rooindie
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41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This is definitely not the largest museum, but it is very well laid out and contains a lot of interesting information and material. Make sure you have plenty of time!

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Willenhall, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

As you approach the museum a Königstiger tank greets you which is a most impressive sight! Whilst this isn't the largest WW2 museum it is very well laid out, good value and very, very informative. The personal nature of some of the exhibits adds more interest (and horror) to the visit. I was left wondering who had the forethought to... More 

Thank ErikWest
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Visited this as part of a Leger battlefield tour doing the battle of the bulge. The museum is excellent and the shop alone is worth looking at if you fancy buying some world war 2 stuff. The best part is seeing the tiger tank at the front,worth coming here just to see that!.

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Visited this museum on Tuesday as part of a Leger Tour, Nice to see the Tiger outside and a pretty good display inside given the size of the property.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This is a excellent museum. Well worth going to. We went to see the Tiger II, then went in the museum. The exhibits are very well laid out. Many WW2 and personal items. There is also a very good military shop next door, with many interesting items for sale.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We came to La Gleize to see where the German advance was stopped during the Battle of the Bulge. There is a fabulous museum in La Gleize including a very rare King Tiger Tank parked outside the front of the museum. This thing is huge...69 tons! Give yourself lots of time in the museum. If you are into WWII equipment... More 

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Knoxville, Tn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Perhaps it is the fact this is the only museum we saw where the focal point was from the German side (don't misunderstand me, we were in Belgium to pay homage to the American sites, but this was just something different). The museum does not in any way support the German side, they just have a collection that no other... More 

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Odessa, Ukraine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Museum is pretty standard for all other similar facilities, exploiting the Ardennes offensive in nearby villages - good set of old stuff, uniforms, deorations, weapons, Very nicely arranged dioramas with dummies dressed as SS or wehrmacht soldiers. All-in-all very good. But I was genuinely surprised to see that accuracy of the museums is way into fascination and admiration of the... More 

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