Jacques Wood (Bois Jacques) was the site of unusually violent fighting. This memorial honors the courage and the heroism of the American soldiers during the winter of 1944-1945.
This memorial created by Mr Robert Remacle with the support of the City of Bastogne was inaugurated on May, 29, 2015 in the presence of H. E. Denise Campbell Bauer, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, Benoit Lutgen, Mayor of Bastogne.
Thank you to all the donors!
This new memorial was opened on May 29, 2015 and is located less than 300 metres north of the 101st Airborne Memorial on the Foy-Bizory road.
Tragically, the memorial was vandalized several times. Eventually the artist decided to remove what remained of the sculptures and as of September 2016, only the brick pedestal remains, along with a sign explaining the situation.
During the Battle of the Bulge (December 1944 - January 1945), Foy and its surroundings, like so many surrounding villages, were the scene of violent fighting between American and German troops.
In Jacques Wood, American soldiers stopped the German army (which was occupying Foy) on its way to Bastogne.
The 101st Airborne division launched the assault in January 1945 and managed to drive the Germans out of Foy. Both sides suffered significant human losses.
Today, many traces of these battles are still visible on homes and in Jacques Wood, where Foxholes survive the ravages of time and nature.
Thanks to our liberators !
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- Text: Randy Brandt
- Photos: Randy Brandt (1, 2), Jonathan Klassen (3, 4)