Mons, Belgium, will be re-invaded by American tanks Aug. 30 and Aug. 31, 59 years after the U.S. Army armor and troops liberated the town from the Nazis.

The “Tanks in Town” event, a collaboration of the Royal Mons Auto Moto Club and the city of Mons, commemorates the arrival of the 1st Infantry Division and the now-deactivated 3rd Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944. On display in Mons’ city center will be World War II-era armored vehicles including tanks such as the M4 Sherman, M26 Pershing and the M24 Chaffee, as well as rare half-tracks and other vehicles. The first tank into Mons, an M3A3 Stuart with the serial number 3047787 under the command of Maj. John Tucker, is still on display in Mons.

“Tanks in Town” organizers plan parades and displays and will offer the chance to ride in tanks. Reservations for tank rides must be made in advance at:

A “liberty convoy” is planned for Aug. 31, including a 20-kilometer tour of nearby villages for the tanks, a 50-kilometer tour for wheeled light vehicles.

Camping is available, for a 20-euro fee, at a U.S. Army bivouac reconstruction site at Bois Brûlé (Burning Woods). Otherwise, the event is free.

For more information, see the “Tanks in Town” Web site at:

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