"The Beech Tree of Chaumont"




This tree stands along a rode near the village of Chaumont, about 11 Km south of Bastogne. The tanks of the 81st Tank Battalion passed through this area and bivouaced at Givron on the evening of 4 September, 1944. Short on fuel, some of the tanks ran out of gas just before reaching the bivouac area. Service Company would have to drive 250 miles round trip to provide the gasoline needed to move on toward Luxembourg.

The photos of the Beech Tree were compiled by Ivan Steenkiste. The most current one taken by him. Please visit his site and view the phenomonal story behind the Beech Tree and view his remarkable photography of the area and the wildlife. His web site can be viewed by Clicking Here. Click on the American flag to view his site in English.