Just after Peiper crossed the Ambleve on the intact bridge and climbed the hill toward Cheneux American fighter-bombers attacked his column during a two-hour period of cleared weather. The bombing at Cheneux forced the Germans to take cover and disabled a Panther that blocked the road. Peiper reportedly jumped out of SS-Sturmbannführer Diefenthal’s half-track and sought shelter in an old bunker beside the road, from which he emerged soaked with muddy water. (5) None of the Tigers were damaged, but Kalinowsky was wounded in the arm. One of the American P-47s was shot down, perhaps by a Wirbelwind from the 4. Kompanie of s. SS-Pz.Abt. 501.
One can still se the marks from the waterlevel inside the bunker.
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