From: St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
same time western sector:
Earlier along the stretched out northern flank I advanced north out of the woods with a handful of units with fierce bravado
hoping to take the initiative and keep the Americans off balance. I ended up getting in over my head instead and became
concerned that the Americans were starting to bypass me in the dark and infiltrate the woods again so I have turned tail
and are heading back to the blocking positions at the outlets from the woods.
Jupp Diefenthal's Schutze Abteilung has orders to drive to the bridgehead and come to the aid of Heinz von Westernhagen's
501 SS Schwere Panzer Abteilung that is being hard presed at Chevron. I mentioned before that I wished I hadn't sent two
panzer abteilungs to that bridge without infantry support. Those tigers are ill suited for the task of holding a town against
infantry in nearby woods without infantry support of their own. Werner Poetschke's I.1 Panzer Abteilung has arrived at the
destination of it's earlier attack order on the opposite side of the woods from the tigers and and along with the 1.501 Tiger
Kompanie, which has advanced from the southern bridgehead, has started filling the gap betwen the two bridgeheads to
consolidate a solid perimeter while pushing the Americans back.
KG Knittel and the II.2 Motorised Infanterie Abteilung from Sandig's Regiment are not making as much headway at the southern
bridgehead as the night has slowed them down, as well as the Americans directly west of them in the edge of the woods.
I detached the 2.1 Motorised Infantry Kompanie and sent it south of the bridgehead to clear that flank and it is now pressing hard
on the American D.80 Infantry Company.
Rudolf Sandig, the commander of the 2 SS Panzergrenedier Regiment and KG Sandig is operating back at Stavelot with only one
of his battalions as I detached one to send forward earlier and another, the armored infantry batallion, started the scenario already
detached from it's regiment as it was asigned to KG Peiper for the offensive. This was common practice with German panzer divisons
which were not fully mechanized. Only one of their six infantry batallions was armored, riding in half tracks. The other five were
motorised riding in trucks. It was the third batallion of the second regiment that was the armored one and it was routinely detached
from it's regiment to form a KG with the batallions of the panzer regiment.
Day 3 2300 hours:
Sorry for the short installment tonight, but my time is limited. It may be a couple of days before I can pick it back up again. Keep an eye out for the next installment.
< Message edited by HansBolter -- 6/13/2007 3:43:00 PM >