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From then on nobody will hear from him for weeks as he is caught in the lines of fire. On X-mas Day Saint Vith is wiped in just 14 minutes under allied bombs, he will then set to cross the battlefield by foot to rejoin his family some 100 kms away. For him like for many other civilians, caught in the battle, the Ardennes forest was the only possible sanctuary, the house basements were not safe during the dogfights or allied bombings, and the fighting was just about everywhere.
It is only by the 20th of January that my grand mother eventually recovered him alive. What he went through and had seen he never told. 60 years later I'm looking for his footsteps.
This picture was taken at Bois Jacques, North of Bastogne in the hamlet of Foy. The place has become a famous sanctuary for Easy company of the 101st US airborne division defending Bastogne.
This panorama is dedicated to all the Victors caught in wars and their anonymous accomplishments.