Bastogne is a road and rail junction in heart of the Ardennes
forest thirty kilometers north of Arlon
, with a population of 13,000. It is famous for the part it played in the Battle of the Bulge
, 1944. When the advancing Germans demanded surrender from the American forces garrisoned there, the response of General Anthony McAuliffe was terse -- "Nuts!" The ensuing siege leveled the town, but Bastogne never fell, and as a result the Germans were slowed enough for allied reinforcements to arrive and deny them their ultimate objective of Antwerp
. A museum commemorates the battle.
Longvilly, Noville-lez-Bastogne, Villers-la-Bonne-Eau, and Wardin are boroughs within the municipal district of Bastogne.