Poteau ’44 Museum
Poteau is a small hamlet in the Belgian Ardennes, right between Vielsalm and Recht in the province of Liège. It became well-known by the public because of the Battle of the Bulge near the end of World War II.
The American 14th Cavalry Group was ambushed on 18 December 1944 by the German Kampfgruppe Hansen. The museum tells the story about this event in particular and at the same time offers a lot of general information on the Second World War and the Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Offensive.
Packed with the necessary background information (text in French, English, German and Dutch) you can follow the path throughout the museum.
The many objects in the museum halls have been collected or bought by the owners. Many of the materials have been just as well donated by visitors and/or veterans.
A wealth of information is to be found in the Poteau ’44 Museum: utensils, maps, various kinds of scale models, ammunition, a miniature reconstruction of the Battle and a lot more. Videos tell the story of what happened in the year 1944 in Poteau and in the Belgian Ardennes in general.
Very interesting is the collection of vehicles: bicycles, motorcycles, trucks, tanks, armoured vehicles, reconnaissance tanks, artillery... You name it!
A ride in an American M5 half-track and/or in a German Sd.Kfz 251 half-track on the terrain is possible on request (20 minutes, € 10 for adults; € 10 for children).