Christmas Day also saw one of the strangest episodes of s. SS-Pz.Abt. 501’s actions in the Ardennes. On Christmas morning SS-Unterscharführer Blase in Tiger 332 was moving north along the N33 through the small village of Coo-Biester, about five kilometers south of La Gleize. He was probably trying to link up with Kampfgruppe Peiper, but how he had reached the area and why he was still moving toward La Gleize on 25 December remain a mystery. At the same time, elements of the 740th Tank Battalion were moving south along the N33 after the capture of La Gleize. Sergeant Glenn George in a Sherman encountered 332 parked on the side of the road. George immediately directed his gunner to fire at the Tiger. The crew had a white phosphorous shell loaded, and the smoke from this exploding shell apparently caused the German crew to think their vehicle was on fire. To George’s surprise they opened their hatches and scrambled out of the Tiger. George chased them off with machinegun fire and continued his advance. (23) Later a unit of the 463rd Ordnance Evacuation Company recovered the still operational Tiger 332 and transported it to Spa. It was eventually shipped to Aberdeen Proving Ground, one of the first Königstigers captured by the Americans.
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