Kampfgruppe Peiper

Battlefield History TV Ltd, Tim Saunders

Date Published :
March 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword Digital
Series :
The Battle of the Bulge
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ISBN : 5060247620350

Dimensions : 7.5 X 5.25 inches Pages : 80
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Sepp Dietrich’s Sixth SS Panzer Armee was allocated the main effort in Hitler’s last throw of the dice in the West. Under cover of poor winter weather that would ground the Allied air forces they were to punch through weak American positions in the Ardennes to the River Meuse and on to Antwerp cutting of and destroying the northern Allied Armies. The German generals protested that it was too ambitious but Hitler insisted, hoping that his elite SS troops in the Leibstandarte Panzer Division would deliver a war changing victory.

From the outset the King Tigers of December 1944, in poor winter weather, could not cut through the forest roads as the smaller Panzers had done in 1940 but were slowed down by determined resistance by small groups of American GIs, Obersturmbannfuhrer Jochan Peiper, commander of the elite spearhead, the Leibstandarte’s 1st Panzer Regiment advancing west on one of the Division’s three rolbhans became increasingly frustrated by enemy resistance and poor roads. Eventually anger boiled over into atrocity and the murder of US soldiers at Malmendy and elsewhere along the route. Experienced soldiers, historians and film makers analyze events on the very ground where they happened, stripping away legend and obfuscation of all kinds to present the facts for the viewer to make their own decision on.

Critically short of fuel and missing the capture of vital supplies by only a few hundred yards, the advance of Kampfgruppe Peiper continued to the west against the rapidly recovering Americans . The engineers in particular blew bridges over streams and rivers in the tight Ardennes valleys at every turn. Eventually a combination of a lack of fuel and enemy resistance brought Kampfgruppe Peiper to a halt at La Glieze where they fought a defensive battle until forced to break out on foot abandoning their tanks.

This is a controversial subject but one that the experience BHTV team have been able to bring to life by covering both the German and US perspectives with a frankness that is underpinned by a detailed knowledge and understanding of the battle and its place in the campaign.

About The Author

Former soldier, author, documentary maker and battlefield guide, Tim Saunders has a lifelong interest in military history. He was educated at Clayesmore School and at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served as an officer in the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment for thirty years before becoming a Volunteer Rifleman. Tim has appeared in programmes as diverse as Time Team and the Victoria Coren’s ‘Balderdash and Piffle’. He and a group of other historians run Battlefield History TV, having producing over fifty full length military history documentaries ranging from the Viking Invasion of Wessex through to the Cold War. While he was serving, Tim started writing and has now written fifteen books, principally on the Second World War, in which he has covered a wide range of campaigns ranging from Eben Emael in 1940, through Crete (the German Airborne Invasion) and on to titles covering battles from the Normandy Beaches to the Rhine in 1945.

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