A World War II re-enactment commemorating the Battle of the Bulge is scheduled for this weekend in a small town in eastern Belgium, a spot where more than 80 American prisoners of war were summarily executed by a German unit.

The re-enactment is free, open to the public and occurs both days in the hamlet of Baugnez, where the Malmedy Massacre unfolded Dec. 17, 1944. The one-hour event will be conducted next to the Baugnez 44 Historical Center by a Belgian re-enactment club using uniforms, vehicles, pyrotechnics, gun blanks, sound and video.

Organizers are not focusing on the massacre, but rather on the German counterattack that launched the Battle of the Bulge the day before the massacre. The public can tour American and German military camps starting at 9 a.m. The re-enactment battle begins at 2:30 p.m. both days.

For more information go to the historical center’s website,

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