ONLINE: Battleground Ardennes

June 28 marks the anniversary of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in 1914 and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.

The Ardennes would become a battleground in 1914, 1940, and during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 – 1945.

Join Chris Kolakowski, Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Jim Triesler, Education Director at the Virginia War Memorial and Battle of the Bulge Historian, and a group of historians and veterans as they explore the connections between World War I and World War II and discuss the importance of the Ardennes as a battleground for both World Wars.”


Stay for all or part of this three-hour Zoom event. Here is the tentative schedule of the events. Please check back closer to June 28, as times and presenters will be added and finalized:

  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Join Chris Kolakowski, Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Jim Triesler, Education Director at the Virginia War Memorial and Battle of the Bulge Historian for an overview conversation about the Ardennes.
  • 2:00 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. Listen to an interview with a WWII Veteran. Name TBA.
  • 2:30 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. Listen to an interview with a WWII Veteran. Name TBA.
  • 3:00 to 3:55 We close this event with a panel discussion featuring prominent WWII historians discussing the legacy of the Battle of the Bulge.

REGISTER HERE