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Waterloo and Bastogne
For history buffs, we spent the weekend exploring two historic battlegrounds.  First, we stopped at Waterloo, where Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by the Duke of Wellington from Britain and General Blücher from Prussia.  Then, we headed to Bastogne, where the WWII "Battle of the Bulge" occurred.
Date(s): October 17, 2004. Album by Michael Bang. Photos by Michael Bang. 1 - 13 of 13 Total. 1468 Visits.
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Waterloo - The Lion Hill
King William I of the Netherlands ordered the construction of Lion Hill in 1820, to commemorate bravoury of his son, the prince of Orange, who was wounded on this spot during the battle.  It's a 226-step climb!

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Waterloo Battlefield
This was Napoleon's right flank and center.  The farmhouse in this photo is almost as it was in 1815.

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Waterloo Battelfield
This was Napoleon's center and left flank.

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Climbing The Lion Hill
Here's me going up...

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Climbing The Lion Hill
And here's Herb going up.

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McAuliffe Square
The main square in Bastogne is named after Gen McAuliffe, who was responsible for the defense of the city during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII.

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McAuliffe Square
Posing by a Sherman tank in McAuliffe Square.

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Bastogne WWII Memorial
A plaque outside a museum in town.

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This looks like the former walls and gate to the city, a long time ago.

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Bastogne Liberty 1944
There were a bunch of these around town, commemorating the Battle of the Bulge.

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Bastogne Historical Center
The front of the historical center outside of town.

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Bastogne Historical Center
This is the Mardasson Monument, built in 1950, as a token of gratitude by the Belgian population for the liberation of the country by the American Army and the allies.

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Bastogne City View
A view of Bastogne from the top of the Mardasson Memorial.

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