Hopelessly surrounded, out of fuel and low on ammunition, after heavy American shelling on 22/23 December, one of Nazi Germany's most decorated tank commanders decided the game was up. Peiper requested and was given permission to withdraw; the ambitious attack had failed! On Sunday, 24 December, he and about 800 of his heavily armed SS men walked out of 'Festung La Gleize' in the early morning darkness leaving some 300 more seriously wounded comrades behind in the care of an SS doctor. The withdrawing men, battle weary and exhausted, set out across the icy waters of the Ambleve and over the high wooded terrain south of the village. On Christinas Day 1944, the battered survivors of this once powerfiil fighting unit reached their division command post in Wanne just south of Stavelot.
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