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December 20, 2012

Battle of Bulge Exhibit features artifacts, lectures

INDIANAPOLIS — The Museum of 20th Century Warfare and the staff at Fort Harrison State Park will host the Battle of the Bulge Exhibit through Jan. 26 at Fort Harrison State Park.

The exhibit will feature the week-to-week change in the battle with artifacts, models and presentations each Saturday and Sunday through the run of the exhibit. The exhibit is open from noon to 4 p.m. in Building 701 across from the Park Office. Battle lectures will be from 1 to 1:45 p.m. at Building 702. Meet actual Battle of the Bulge veterans from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Building 702.

The Battle of the Bulge lecture series highlights how the Battle of the Bulge evolved from both the U.S. and German perspectives. The Battle of the Bulge started on Dec. 16, 1944. The German army launched a massive counter-offensive through Belgium at the center of the American lines in mid-winter, catching most of the United States commanders off-guard and a lot of the ground troops ill-prepared for winter combat.

Many American officers had considered the German army defeated and were preparing for the war to end by Christmas, 1944.

The participants of the exhibit are unpaid hobbyists who have joined re-enacting organizations to get first-hand knowledge of what World War II veterans experienced in the field. The re-enactors dress in authentic and/or reproduction uniforms that they have researched and acquired. They use World War II-era equipment and weapons to drill, exercise and simulate combat situations.

There is no cost to attend the program, but a gate fee will be charged. Fort Harrison State Park is at 59th Street and Post Road in Lawrence. For more information call 317-591-0122.

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