Upon his withdrawal back through Cheneux, Peiper left fourteen flak guns here in Cheneux to cover his rear. These flak gun crews were later joined by the battered remnants of the 11th SS Panzergrenadier Company after it suffered heavy losses near Stoumont Station. Also in Cheneux were five 105mm gxms of the 5th SS Panzer Artillery Battery along with reinforcements of the 6th Panzergrenadier Company of 2nd SS Panzer Regiment who crossed the Petit Spai Bridge and moved to Cheneux in the early morning darkness of 20 December. At midday that same day. Colonel Reuben H. Tucker of the 504th Parachute Infantry ordered Companies A and B of his 1st Battalion to lauch a night attack against Peiper's rearguard in Cheneux. By 23:00, the defending SS men still held onto the main part of the village having inflicted tremendous losses upon the attacking paratroopers. At 03:00 on Thursday 21 December, Company G of the 504th attacked Cheneux but made no headway. At 17:00 that same day Peiper ordered a withdrawal toward La Gleize and Tucker renewed his attack by the 1st Battalion and Company G. At 18:30, company G supported by two tank destroyers moved into the main At 18:30, company G supported by two tank destroyeis muveu miu tne mam Germans had left the village.
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