Introduction

In the centre of the country at the confluence of three rivers – the Sûre, Alzette and Wark – Ettelbrück is a major transport hub, second only to Luxembourg City. Surrounded by farmland, it's largely a service town, with little in the way of tourist sights, apart from a museum commemorating the achievements of US Third Army general George S Patton who led a liberating US force into town on Christmas Day 1944. Patton famously noted: ‘No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his'. However, by December 1945 the general himself was dead following a car accident in Germany.