Bridge to the left. One way just ahead. Germans approached from the right.
After 19 December, the Germans made numerous attempts to recapture the Ambleve River Bridge head on from the south bank of the river; they also attacked in strength from the direction of Trois Ponts. Here at the western edge of town, SS-Obersturmführer Manfred Coblenz led his attacking 2nd SS Reconnaissance Company under heavy fire up the Trois Ponts road to capture the very first few houses in town but got no furtiier. In his command post just west of Stavelot, SS-Sturmbannführer Gustav Knittel ordered elements of his Recormaissance BattaUon to move east and north of the main road to capture Parfondruy and hit Stavelot from the north. Upon clearing Parfondruy, SS-Obersturmführer Heinrich Goltz and his men ran into American opposition at Renardmont and therefore joined Coblenz in further attempts to take Stavelot from the west. Civilians in Parfondruy and other hamlets west and northwest of Stavelot suffered the wrath of the attacking Waffen-SS when Goltz's men massacred, women and children alike. Bitter fighting at the western edge of town and in the villages to the right (north) side of the road to Trois Ponts continued unabated until dusk on Simday 24 December. Tiger 222 got knocked out jus infront of the blue house. See coming images.
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