Ardennes

(redirected from Ardennes Forest)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.
Related to Ardennes Forest: Maginot Line

Ardennes,

wooded plateau, from 1,600 to 2,300 ft (488–701 m) high, in SE Belgium, N Luxembourg, and Ardennes dept., N France, E and S of the Meuse River. The plateau is cut into wild crags and ravines by rapid rivers. Agriculture and cattle raising are the main occupations of this sparsely populated region. Peat bogs are found in shallow depressions. In Germany, the Ardennes is continued by the Eifel. The chief cities (LiègeLiège,
Du. Luik, Ger. Lüttich, city (1991 pop. 194,596), capital of Liège prov., E Belgium, at the confluence of the Meuse and Ourthe rivers, near the Dutch and German borders.
..... Click the link for more information.
, NamurNamur,
Du. Namen, commune (1991 pop. 103,443), capital of Namur prov., S central Belgium, at the confluence of the Meuse and Sambre rivers. It is a commercial and industrial center as well as a rail junction. Manufactures include machinery, leather goods, and porcelain.
..... Click the link for more information.
) are in the Meuse valley. A traditional battleground, the Ardennes saw heavy fighting in both World Wars, notably in the Battle of the BulgeBattle of the Bulge,
popular name in World War II for the German counterattack in the Ardennes, Dec., 1944–Jan., 1945. More than a million men fought in what is also known as the Battle of the Ardennes. On Dec.
..... Click the link for more information.
 (Dec., 1944–Jan., 1945). Tourism in the area is economically important.

Ardennes

(ärdĕn`), department (1990 pop. 295,700), NE France, in Champage, Grand Est region. The capital is Charleville-MézièresCharleville-Mézières
, town (1990 pop. 59,439), capital of Ardennes dept., NE France, on the Meuse River, in Champagne. It was formed in 1966 when the twin cities of Charleville and Mézières were merged, along with three small communities.
..... Click the link for more information.
. Ardennes is also the name of a section of the eastern branch of an ancient mountain chain resulting from Hercynium folding between 345 million and 225 million years ago. The western edge of the chain is located in France, while the remainder extends into Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany.

Ardennes

1. a department of NE France, in Champagne-Ardenne region. Capital: Mézières. Pop.: 288 806 (2003 est.). Area: 5253 sq. km (2049 sq. miles)
2. the. a wooded plateau in SE Belgium, Luxembourg, and NE France: scene of heavy fighting in both World Wars
References in periodicals archive ?
Many guests use it as a base when hiking the paths of the cool, deep Ardennes forest.
Second, the forts of France's Maginot Line were not tactically outflanked, as myth has it.AaThe Germans struck NW of the Line's end, through the Belgian/French Ardennes Forest, a route anticipated by the French Army which held war games there in 1939.AaThe French field army failed, not the Maginot Line, which was built only to protect Lorraine and Alsace, not the Belgian frontier.Aa
On May 10, 1940, as German panzers thrust through the Ardennes Forest on their way to Belgium and France, the conservative government headed by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain fell from power.
Before he knew it, she was relating her experiences of working for the USO and performing in the Ardennes forest during World War II.
No one had expected Hitler to amass forces secretly and break through the lines of the Ardennes forest, or the fierce fighting that was to be called the Battle of the Bulge, and the Allied troops desperately lacked food, supplies, arms and ammunition.
They dug into the iron-hard ground near the German frontier in bitter December weather, only to suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives when the final German blitzkrieg erupted out of the Ardennes Forest in front of them.
THE STORY In December 1944 in the Ardennes Forest the German army takes more than 100 American soldiers prisoner.
But when a rogue rescue mission ended in tragedy, a bereft Annie finds herself a captured prisoner behind enemy lines in Belgium's Ardennes Forest. Her captor Karl Hausmann doesn't fit her stereotype of the brutal German soldier.
Not until the unanticipated thrust by German panzers through the Ardennes Forest in May did Britain and France find themselves engaged in large-scale life-or-death hostilities.
In single-digit temperatures, the GIs trudged through the snowy Ardennes Forest, hauntingly depicted in "Band of Brothers."
Another intelligence failure was to occur just a few months later when the Germans launched a massive strike in the Ardennes forest against a thinly manned front line of four U.S.
Conwell, 34, was struck by the terrible beauty of the Ardennes Forest in Belgium, where so many died in the Battle of the Bulge.