Overview of Ardennes American Cemetery

Ardennes American Cemetery

Overview

The approach drive at Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial in Belgium leads to the memorial, a stone structure bearing on its façade a massive American eagle and other sculptures. Within the memorial is the chapel, three large wall maps composed of inlaid marbles, marble panels depicting combat and supply activities and other ornamental features. Along the outside of the memorial, 463 names are inscribed on the granite Tablets of the Missing. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified. The façade on the far north end, that overlooks the burial area, bears the insignia, in mosaic, of the major U.S. units that operated in northwest Europe in World War II.

This cemetery is unique among all ABMC cemeteries as it served as the central identification point for the entire European Theater of Operations from the last days of the war until 1960. The Ardennes American Cemetery is the final resting place for 5,247 Americans, with 65 percent of those being fallen airmen of the U.S. Army Air Forces. Their headstones are aligned in straight rows that compose the form of a Greek cross. Along the outside of the memorial, inscribed on granite slabs, are the names of 463 of the missing, whose remains were never recovered. The façade on the far (north) end that overlooks the burial area bears the insignia, in mosaic, of the major U.S. units that operated in northwest Europe in World War II.

Dedicated
1960
Location
Belgium
Burials
5,247
Missing in Action
463
Acres
90.50

Cemetery Information

Visiting Hours

The cemetery is open daily to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except December 25 and January 1. It is open on host country holidays. When the cemetery is open to the public, a staff member is on duty in the visitor building to answer questions and escort relatives to grave and memorial sites.

Contact Us

Ardennes American Cemetery
164, route du Condroz
B-4121
Neupré
Belgium
tel Phone: +32 (0)4 371 42 87

History

The Allied main effort in autumn 1944 advanced through Belgium and pushed toward Germany. After sustained winter combat during the Battle of the Bulge, the Allies pursued three major successive objectives: destruction of enemy forces west of the Rhine, seizure of bridgeheads across the river, and then coordinated drives into the heart of Germany.

September 7, 1944: First Army liberated Liège, Belgium.

Mid-September to October 21: First Army besieged and captured Aachen, Germany.

Mid-September through March 1945: U.S. forces engaged in prolonged fighting in the Hürtgen Forest.

December 16: German counteroffensive in the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) stopped the Allied advance for one month.

January 3, 1945: First Army, reinforced by British XXX Corps, counterattacked the northern flank of The Bulge.

January 13: First and Third Armies linked up at Houffalize. February 8: Temporary Ardennes cemetery opened at Neuville-en-Condroz.

February 23: With the Bulge erased, Ninth Army launched Operation GRENADE, crossed the Roer River, and advanced eastward toward Wesel.

March 1: 12th Army Group, composed of First and Third Armies, began Operation LUMBERJACK. First Army reached Cologne on March 5.

By March 21, U.S., British, and Canadian forces reached the west bank of the Rhine from the Netherlands south to Mannheim. Third Army crossed the Rhine at Oppenheim on March 22. The Allies were poised for the major push across the Rhine and into the final offensive that led to victory in Europe on May 8.

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Ardennes American Cemetery

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