Track R9 „On the traces from World War 2“
In autumn 1944, Luxembourg was nearly entirely liberated from the Nazi occupant by the allied armies. However the allied armies were forced to stop their advance at the « Siegfried line» and Osweiler became suddenly a front village.
During the track, you visit 4 memorial points of World War 2 in Osweiler and in its neighborhood:
- A panel on the outside wall of the local school in honor of the American soldiers who kept their position in the front sector Osweiler – Dickweiler during the Battle of the Ardennes
- A relief inside the local church in memorial of the 10 men from Osweiler who died during World War 2 (in a concentration camp, or on the eastern front or in imprisonment in Russia after having been enrolled by force in the German army)
- Memorial „um Schänkebierg“ in honor of the American soldiers who liberated Osweiler 13th of September 1944.
- The monument in the forest called « Grussebësch » for all the families who were obliged to leave in autumn 1944 their home villages near the German border having become the front line between the Allied Armies and the German Army.
The track starts in the center of Osweiler near the local school. It will take you about 2 or 3 hours. The track has neither a difficult altitude profile, nor major more technical parts.