Bois Jacques

Lieu de pèlerinage au bois Jacques.
During the icy winter of 1944, American soldiers had to seize the village of Foy, located down in the woods and taken by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. The assault led to very violent fights that resulted in considerable human losses on both sides.

Brothers in arms

Cross at Bois Jacques
© Land of Memory
Walk in the Bois Jacques
© Land of Memory

Bois Jacques is located in the small village of Foy, not far from Bastogne. It still bears the traces of the fighting that took place there during the Battle of the Bulge. The “Easy Company” men dug the holes of “fusiliers” or fox holes. It was actually the American 101st Airborne Division that occupied the woods during the cold winter of 1944.

They are celebrated in the book “Band of Brothers” by the American historian Stephen E. Ambrose. Moreover, the famous Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks later adapted the story into a series that met great international success.

Since then, the site has become a real place of pilgrimage. The numerous “ex-votos” and small wooden crosses left by visitors and veterans prove it’s importance.

Integrity to the facts is made possible thanks to the meticulous work of collecting testimonies from veterans. The same concern for historical authenticity has guided the new tourist development of this wood. In 2022, it will be brought to life with a 3D application that plunges us into the fighting of the winter of 1944. The educational dimension of the commentary is provided by famous YouTuber Benjamin Brillaud of Notabene, recognized for his storytelling skills. There has been no “disneylandization” of these historical accounts, just the real history.

Useful information

Le Bois Jacques
6600 Bastogne
Country Belgium
Telephone 00 32 (0) 61 26 76 11
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