As a young SS-man relieved Phillips of his watch, American fighter-planes swooped down and began circling Biillingen a couple of times. The Germans quickly herded their prisoners dovm off the railroad and obliged them to stand around tanks and other vehicles as the planes circled above. The fighters swooped down and upon spotting khaki-clad troops assembled around the vehicles, the pilots refrained from strafing or bombing this part of the German column. The tanks and halftracks, which had earlier captured the engineers, attacked Wirtzfeld, then defended by men of 2nd Division Artillery Headquarters, the 2nd platoon of Company C, 644th Tank Destroyer Battalion and a 155mm howitzer of Battery C, 372nd Field Artillery Battalion under the command of First Lieutenant Charles Biggio. Together, these American defenders stopped this attack on Wirtzfeld, knocking out at least two enemy tanks in the process.
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From Peipers Route at the battle for the bulge