Bastogne is located in the heart of the Ardennes forest about 30 kilometers north of Arlon. On the map below, it is on the southern shoulder of the area dubbed the "bulge" and marked by the arrow-like thrusts of the German advances toward Antwerp. It is east of Sedan, south of Liége, north of Luxembourg City, and west of the Eifel Mountains on the Belgian-German frontier. A view of the entire Bastogne perimeter is here. The town is strategically located at the center of the road network of the Ardennes. The Germans referred to it as a "road octopus" since the majority of roads in that region of the Ardennes pass through the town.
"That morning when they woke us up to get going, half the guys were on leave. They came and woke us up and just told us to take whatever equipment you could get your hands on, and you grabbed what was available and that's the way we went on these big semis. Biggest truck I’d seen."