The crew of Tiger 211 abandoned their tank after several hits to the turret knocked out the sensitive electrical firing system and the tank commander, SS-Untersturmführer Hantusch, was wounded in the head. Shortly afterwards the crew of Tiger 213 followed suit after accurate American fire blew off the front third of the tank’s gun. Darkness brought McGeorge’s advance to a halt, but the day’s actions had seen three of the Königstigers in La Gleize put out of action. As Rolf Ehrhardt put it, “Our trump card had failed when we needed it most.” Peiper was trapped in what the Germans called the “cauldron” of La Gleize. The Americans mounted no strong attacks on 23 December, but continued their intense artillery fire. German tank fuel and ammunition were exhausted. Peiper, unable to advance further and knowing that he would get no relief, had begun the day before requesting permission from 1. SS-Panzerdivision to withdraw. Radio contact was sporadic, and the answers Peiper received convinced him that the division did not realize the severity of his situation. One radio message notified him that six Königstigers were operational at Stavelot and asked where they should be sent. “By airdrop to La Gleize” was Peiper’s aggravated answer.
AircraftArdennesBattle for the BulgeLa GleizeLa Gleize MuseumModelNormandiePeiperPzKpfw VI Tiger II KönigstigerTankTypeVadVarVemWalkaroundAviation