PEIPERS LAST ADVANCE
What became known as 'The Battle of the Bulge' was Hitler's last attempt to win back the initiative in the west by smashing towards the Allied lines by the unlikely and difficult route through the Ardennes. Five armoured spearheads, one of which was commanded by the highly regarded Obersturmbannfuhrer Joachim ‘Jochen’ Peiper, were to penetrate these steep and wooded valleys under the cover of poor weather which had brought deep snow.
Although a battle-hardened commander, Peiper soon found the conditions most unsuitable for his heavy armour, especially his prestige but very large 'King Tigers' which were forced to hold back and give cover while more maneuverable tanks went on.
After meeting strong opposition from three US Divisions, whose engineers had also quickly destroyed vital bridges ahead of the German advance, Peiper's force soon became scattered. Now fighting a hopeless defensive action and suffering a lack of fuel and ammunition, Peiper was eventually forced to withdraw, on the 23rd December, leaving his King Tigers behind. For Peiper as well as Germany this had been the final advance in the west.
Adding great authenticity, this powerful print has been signed by FIVE veterans who took part in the Battle of the Bulge including pilots and panzer tank crews:
- Major Erich Rudorffer KC with Oak Leaves and Swords
- Major Hans-Ekkehard Bob KC
- Leutnant Hugo Broch KC
- Hauptmann Erwin Kressmann KC
- Unteroffizier Wolfgang Muller IC
- 34 x 25 inches
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