On Thursday 21 December 1944, infantry elements of the 1st SS Panzergrenadier Battalion, crossed the swoUen Ambleve River here at Petit Spai, then moved up the high ground to your left on their way to the fighting in and around Parfondruy. Soon after these infantiymen crossed the bridge their commander sent his Jagdpanzers (tank destroyers) in their wake. Under the weight of the lead Jagdpanzer, the Petit Spai Bridge collapsed into the turbulent waters of the Ambleve. All further attempts by the 1st SS Pioneer Battalion to bridge the river during daylight failed but that night they managed to put in an infantry footbridge. Ultimately on Christmas Eve Gustav Knittel ordered his remaining men to withdraw across the river using the twisted remains of this infantry bridge.
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