At about 1830 on 17 December 1944, Sergeant Charles Hensel and his twelve-man squad from Company C, 291st Engineer Combat Battalion placed mines across the road and a bazooka team and .30- calibre machine gun a little further downhill. Hensel sent one man. Private Bemie Goldstein beyond the roadblock to the g;uardhouse to keep watch for the approaching Germans. About 21.00, Peiper's spearhead reached the engineer roadblock and after a brief exchange of fire during which Goldsteui escaped up a path through the trees above the road, Peiper ordered the colunm to bivouac overnight. Hensel's men climbed into their truck and freewheeled silently down into Stavelot.
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