Bastogne; tribute to Band of Brothers
The Battle of the Bulge (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945) was a major German offensive campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg on the Western Front in World War II. The surprise attack caught the Allied forces completely off guard.
The Germans achieved total surprise on the morning of 16 December 1944 Fierce resistance on the northern shoulder of the offensive around Elsenborn Ridge and in the south around Bastogne blocked German access to key roads that they counted on for success, the attack and conquest of the city of Antwerpen.
Columns of German armor and infantry advanced light equipped paratroopers who were hardly equipped and prepared for a very tough winter period combined with a confrontation with strong equipped armoured units.
Fierce resistance from (mostly) US forces stopped the German advance until improved weather conditions permitted air attacks on German forces and supply lines, which sealed the failure of the offensive. The siege of Bastogne was finally broken by The 2nd Armored Division (‘Hell on Wheels’), General Patton’sarmored division.
Band of Brothers is a 2001 American war drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1993 non-fiction book. The episodes first aired in 2001 on HBO. The series won Emmy and Golden Globe awards in 2001 for best miniseries.
The series dramatizes the history of the "Easy" Company (part of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division) The series took literary license, adapting the recorded history for the purposes of dramatic effect and series structure. All of the characters portrayed are based on members of Easy Company.
The series include the siege of Bastogne, showing the immeasurable suffering of the battlefront soldiers.
The 101st Airborne Division (‘Screaming Eagles’), the 82nd Airborne Division (‘All-American,’ which is the basis for its famed "AA" shoulder patch) and the 17th Airborne Division (‘The Talon’) fought in numerous campaigns during the war, gaining an excellent reputation.
In Belgium the units are honored in all kind of manners, including remembrance walks, where re-enactment units participate, dressed up in the uniforms and handling equipment as it was in 1944.