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A wooded plateau of northern France, southeast Belgium, and northern Luxembourg east and south of the Meuse River. It was the scene of heavy fighting in World War I and World War II, culminating in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944 and January 1945.


(ɑːˈdɛn; French ardɛn)
1. (Placename) a department of NE France, in Champagne-Ardenne region. Capital: Mézières. Pop: 288 806 (2003 est). Area: 5253 sq km (2049 sq miles)
2. (Placename) the Ardennes a wooded plateau in SE Belgium, Luxembourg, and NE France: scene of heavy fighting in both World Wars



Forest of, a wooded plateau region in NE France, SE Belgium, and Luxembourg.
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Noun1.Ardennes - a wooded plateau in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France; the site of intense fighting in World War I and World War II
Ardennes counteroffensive, Battle of the Ardennes Bulge, Battle of the Bulge - a battle during World War II; in December 1944 von Rundstedt launched a powerful counteroffensive in the forest at Ardennes and caught the Allies by surprise
Champagne-Ardenne, Champagne - a region of northeastern France


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Michael Schumacher won his first career race on the vast Spa-Francorchamps track nestled in the Ardennes forest in 1992.
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The account of one interrogator during the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes Forest in December 1944 is particularly notable.
Throughout December, K Company had increasing indications that something was developing on the east side of the Our River, as Adolf Hitler was preparing to send 250,000 troops through the Ardennes Forest, with 12,000 of his elite soldiers coming through the middle of the regiment along the Hosingen route.
He was presented with the Bronze Star in part for his efforts with the 101st Airborne Division in the Allies' repulse of the German's surprise offensive in the Ardennes forest, known as the Battle of the Bulge.
Nestling in the Ardennes Forest, halfway between the city of Liege and the German border, the Spa-Francorchamps motor racing circuit is, in almost every way, the opposite of Formula One's most famous location of Monaco.
7 ITS WILD THEME PARKS LOCATED to the east of Sedan, in the dense Ardennes forest, Nocturnia has already established itself as a popular family attraction where visitors can discover "nature by night".
Over 500,000 troops clashed in the Ardennes Forest, as Hitler hurled 30 divisions and a quarter-million men against the freezing, surrounded Yanks.
16, 1944, the World War II Battle of the Bulge began as German forces launched a surprise attack against Allied forces through the Ardennes Forest in Belgium and Luxembourg (the Allies were eventually able to turn the Germans back).
004km Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the Ardennes forest, the 29-year-old German produced a meticulous performance that delivered an error-free and fastest lap to claim his seventh pole this year and the 11th of his career.
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While the 82d Airborne enjoyed a brief period of rest and relaxation after its withdrawal from the Netherlands, it was back action again in December, when the German launched a surprise attack in the Ardennes forest of eastern Belgium.