December 1944 Museum

King Tiger La Gleize

The Battle of the Bulge is the theme of this museum . Reconstructed scenes of the battles of December 1944 bring history to life. 17 dioramas show 85 fully equipped soldiers from both the Axis and the Allies . Many weapons, uniforms are displayed, but also equipment photos, maps and other information from the devastating events around the village La Gleize.
In December 1944 one of the spearheads of the Ardennes Counteroffensive was brought to a halt at La Gleize. An elite unit of the 1st SS Panzer Division, had a mission to force a passage towards the Meuse. Kampfgruppe Peiper was the name of this unit . The U.S. military had all the roads passable for tanks to the west under control. At one point the way back for this German unity was cut. Leaving behind some 136 armored vehicles and tanks , Taskforce Peiper marched to German lines under cover of the night.
The Tiger II , also known as King Tiger , which is standing in front of the museum, is one of the tanks Kampfgruppe has left at La Gleize. This Königstiger is one of the heaviest tanks in the Second World War. Because of that, this tank was the most feared by the Allies.
There are more Battle of the Bulge museums in this region.

December 1944 Museum
Rue de l’√©glise 7 B
4987
La Gleize – Stoumont
Belgium