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Using up-to-date, interactive displays, the museum track puts the causes, events and consequences of the Second World War in context, through the prism of the Battle of the Bulge. As well as displaying numerous artifacts from the Ardennes offensive, including at least three tanks, the museum is strong on interpretation, explaining the context of the battle and the causes, significance and consequences of the Second World War as a whole.
The vast space is packed with hi-tech, interactive displays and 3D projections, and tells the story of the Battle of the Bulge from the perspective of two soldiers (one American, one German), as well as a local teacher and a teenager who lived through the onslaught that devastated their town. In one recreated scene, visitors will enter a dimly lit tavern to experience the heavy bombing of Bastogne over Christmas 1944. www.bastognewarmuseum.be
The "Texas Aggies Go To War" exhibit will tell the story of five Aggies, their lives before the war, their experiences from Normandy through the Battle of the Bulge and Bastogne and their return to civilian life. It will open at the new museum in December 13th, 2014, marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.
In the form of a five-pointed American star inscribed with the names of all the American states, the Mardasson Memorial was designed by the architect Georges Dedoyard, to honor the memory of the 76,890 American soldiers killed, wounded or missing in the Battle of the Bulge.