At about 13.30 on 18 December, the spearhead of Kampfgruppe Peiper began its descent toward the river at Cheneux. Spotting movement in the vicinity of the bridge, the machine gunner on the lead Panther opened fire fully expecting the bridge to be blown before the column reached it. Unfortunately, the five people spotted near the bridge were civilians, a man and four women. One woman died instantly and a second shortly afterwards. The man and a third woman were less seriously wounded.
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