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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.
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. 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,

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.
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, 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.
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) 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.
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 (Dec., 1944–Jan., 1945). Tourism in the area is economically important.

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
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The Ardennes Forest also holds some 250 miles of hiking trails.
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.
He was soon battling through Belgium's Ardennes Forest with the 1st Infantry Division.
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.
Conwell, 34, was struck by the terrible beauty of the Ardennes Forest in Belgium, where so many died in the Battle of the Bulge.
Schumacher finally broke the all-time mark on the feared and famous track in the Ardennes forest, where he first served notice of his awesome talent 10 years ago.
Schumacher finally broke the all-time mark on the feared and famous track in the Ardennes forest where he first served notice of his awesome talent 10 years ago.
Founded in 1824, Simon is situated in the north-central town of Wiltz, in the middle of the Luxembourg Ardennes forest, perhaps best known to Americans as the location of heavy fighting during the Battle of the Bulgein WWII.
Because if you've gone to the trouble of searching out a United kit in the middle of the Ardennes forest, you've shown an ounce of dedication.
At the end of 1944, when the German armies were being pushed back into their own territory in Europe, Hitler launched one final attempt to stave off defeat by an assault upon the US forces in the Ardennes Forest.
Don the officer's cap of Lieutenant William Holt from Medal of Honor European Assault[TM] - and return to the Ardennes Forest during the Battle of the Bulge to complete unfinished business for the OSS.