At about 15.00 on 18 December, Sergeants Edwin L. Pigg and & Robert C. Billington of the American view: 2nd Platoon, Company A, 291st Engineer Combat Battalion arrived here at the bridge to prepare the structure for demolition. Lieutenant Alvin Edelstein, their platoon leader, joined them shortly afterwards and by 16.00 the 180 foot-timber trestle bridge was ready to be blown. At about 16.45, as the lead Panther turned the bend. Corporal Fred Chapin turned the key and blew the bridge sky-high. The engineers subsequently made good their escape.
German view: Fog closed down again around 4:00 p.m. and Peiper continued his advance. He regained the N23 but had to cross a small bridge over the Lienne creek before he could start out of the valley. In the darkness the lead Panthers slowly approached the bridge, only to have it blown in their faces by a squad from the 291st Engineer Combat Battalion. Peiper, close to the front, is said to have pounded his knee in frustration and sworn, “The damned engineers! The damned engineers!”
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