Final locations of Tiger tanks during the defense of La Gleize, 22-24 Dec 1944. Approximate fields of fire and ranges are shown. (from 1:25000 mapsheet Harzé - La Gleize 2-M834 49/7-8, Military Ge
By 21 December Peiper had decided to withdraw all his forces to the immediate area of La Gleize. His only possible course of action was to defend his position with ever dwindling hopes of relief from his division. The American pincers continued to close on the kampfgruppe: the 30th Infantry Division hammered away from the west, the 3rd Armored Division approached from the north and northeast, and the 82nd Airborne Division attacked Peiper from the southwest. With increasing fury the Americans brought the power of their artillery to bear. Most of the 105mm guns of the 30th Infantry Division’s artillery group bombarded Peiper 21-22 December, along with a 155mm gun commandeered by the 740th Tank Battalion commander. Peiper’s artillery was almost out of ammunition and virtually silent.
The Königstigers defended an arc that covered the northeastern to southeastern approaches to La Gleize. This area included some excellent fields of fire, with long range shots to enemy approach routes. During the consolidation on La Gleize the blocking group at the Marechal mill moved onto high ground at the Werimont farm a few hundred meters southeast of the village. Hantusch’s Tiger and the PzKw IV were reinforced at the farm by Tiger 213 and two Panthers. SS-Hauptsturmführer Möbius’s Tiger 204 was positioned beside an orchard at the eastern edge of the village. Tiger 334 guarded the Hassoumont farm area to the northeast, while the 3. Kompanie tank that had thrown a track while approaching on the N33 from the east was still manned. One other Königstiger, probably a 1. Kompanie tank used by SS-Obersturmführer Wessel, ended the battle on a narrow side street of the village. Whether this poor location was its final fighting position or it had broken down there is unknown.
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