Kampfgruppe Peiper

Kampfgruppe Peiper formed the spearhead of the German drive on the Meuse during the Ardennes Offensive in December 1944 and fought one of the most famous actions of the Second World War.

Kampfgruppe Peiper

Kampfgruppe Peiper formed the spearhead of the German drive on the Meuse during the Ardennes Offensive in December 1944 and fought one of the most famous actions of the Second World War. Its story is told, day-by-day, using contemporary accounts. A wealth of maps and contemporary and modern photographs allow the reader to follow the course of the action, and a full battlefield tour is provided.

Crossroads of Death

But Jochen Peiper ' s primary interest lay with the next objective , Ligneauville ,
one mile to the south . ... 29 By now , twenty - four hours had elapsed since the
start of Kampfgruppe Peiper ' s race to the Meuse and almost thirtysix hours since
 ...

Crossroads of Death


The Unknown Dead

42 While its own reconnaissance battalion and other troops of the 1st SS Panzer
Division tried in vain to dislodge the 117th Infantry from Stavelot, Kampfgruppe
Peiper continued its race to the Meuse without looking back. Just after eleven ...

The Unknown Dead

Traditional histories of the hard-fought Battle of the Bulge routinely include detailed lists of the casualties suffered by American, British, and German troops. Conspicuously lacking in most accounts, however, are references to the civilians in Belgium and Luxembourg who lost their lives in the same battle. Yet the most reliable current estimates calculate at approximately three thousand. the number of civilians who perished during the six weeks of fighting. Telling the stories of ordinary people caught up in the maelstrom of war, The Unknown Dead surveys this crucial battle and its consequences from an entirely new perspective. Renowned historian Peter Schrijvers, a native Belgian, describes in vivid detail the horrific war crimes committed by German military units on the front lines and by Nazi security services behind the battle lines, as well as the devastating effects of Allied responses to the enemy threat, including massive bombings of small towns. During the offensive, inhabitants of the villages of this region of Belgium lived in a state of chaos. Countless men, women, and children were killed in cold blood for aiding American soldiers, and the GIs themselves were often highly suspicious of German-speaking Belgians. Local services ground to a halt, and citizens formed volunteer groups to obtain water and meet other basic needs. Even after the violence had ended and the postwar reconstruction had begun, the small communities remained in turmoil. The countryside was dotted with abandoned land mines and explosives, and the emotional tension between civilians and battle hardened veterans often took years to dissipate. Based on recently discovered sources including numerous personal testimonies, municipal and parish records, and findings of the Belgian War Crimes Commission, The Unknown Dead vividly recounts the experiences of innocents in the violence of one of World War II’s seminal battles.

A Blood dimmed Tide

Skorzeny's people, with their faintly disguised "Sherman" tanks, genuine U.S.
jeeps and trucks, were to accompany the combat team of Kampfgruppe Peiper.
Their assignment was to race forward and seize Meuse bridges after Peiper
carved a ...

A Blood dimmed Tide

Readers are swept into the Battle of the Bulge in World War II for an eye-opening account of the tank duels, hand-to-hand combat and guerrilla warfare, as told by the men who fought it.

The G I Journal of Sergeant Giles

It was known to the Americans as Five Corners . At Baugnez , Battery B stopped
to ask directions to Vielsalm . Unknown to Battery B , Kampfgruppe Peiper of the
ist SS Panzer Division was now approaching Baugnez in its race to the Meuse .

The G  I  Journal of Sergeant Giles

A weapons sergeant with the 291st Combat Engineers during the Second World War presents an intensely human and vivid account of a soldier's day-by-day existence.

Road to Marston Moor

The Battle of Marston Moor was key in English history. It was the largest battle of the Civil Wars, and was decisive. This fresh study reconstructs the battle in graphic detail, and tells the story using the words of those who took part.

Road to Marston Moor

The Battle of Marston Moor was key in English history. It was the largest battle of the Civil Wars, and was decisive. This fresh study reconstructs the battle in graphic detail, and tells the story using the words of those who took part.

Backyard Critters

Kampfgruppe Peiper comprised 100 Mark IV and V ( Panther ) tanks , a battalion
of 42 King Tigers and a fully motorized ... valley to its junction with the Salm river
at Trois Ponts and then race through Werbomont to cross the Meuse at Huy .

Backyard Critters

An account of the last great battle of World War II and of the armies and generals involved

The Armour

Kampfgruppe Peiper was the linch pin of the northern push . This well - balanced
column was to lead the race to Antwerp and seize vital bridges over the river
Meuse near Liège . The importance attached to their mission can be judged by
the ...

The Armour


Encyclopedia of World War II

Encyclopedia of World War II

An unprecedented achievement in publishing—a multivolume encyclopedic resource, for both the general reader and specialist—on the central conflict of the 20th century,The Encyclopedia of World War II covers the entire scope of the Second World War from its earliest roots to its continuing impact on global politics and human society.

Yorkshire Sieges of the Civil Wars

AUTHOR: David Cooke is a military historian, author and battlefield guide, and he has always been a keen student of Yorkshire's history.

Yorkshire Sieges of the Civil Wars

Throughout recorded history Yorkshire has been a setting for warfare of all kinds - marches, skirmishes and raids, pitched battles and sieges. And it is the sieges of the Civil War period - which often receive less attention than other forms of combat - that are the focus of David Cooke's new history. Hull, York, Pontefract, Knaresborough, Sandal, Scarborough, Helmsley, Bolton, Skipton - all witnessed notable sieges during the bloody uncertain years of the Civil Wars. His vivid reconstructions allow the reader to visit the castles and towns where sieges took place and stand on the ground where blood was spilt for the cause – for king or Parliament. Using contemporary accounts and a wealth of maps and illustrations, his book allows the reader to follow the course of each siege and sets each operation in the context of the Civil Wars in the North.

The Civil War in Yorkshire

David Cooke's account of this bloody and disruptive phase in Yorkshire's history offers a graphic description of the actions themselves and takes the reader on a tour of the battlefields and other sites associated with the clashes of ...

The Civil War in Yorkshire

Between December 1642 and July 1644 two armies fought for control of Yorkshire. One was commanded by Lord Fairfax, for Parliament, and the other by the Earl of Newcastle, for King Charles I. Rearguard actions, sieges, skirmishes, retreats and large-scale setpiece battles punctuated the course of the Civil War in Yorkshire. David Cooke's account of this bloody and disruptive phase in Yorkshire's history offers a graphic description of the actions themselves and takes the reader on a tour of the battlefields and other sites associated with the clashes of centuries ago.

Battlefield Yorkshire

Roman, Viking, Norman and the Scottish invaders have all contributed ruthless episodes to the story.

Battlefield Yorkshire

Yorkshire's past is replete with bloody battles and sieges. From the earliest times armies have marched across the Yorkshire countryside and have fought for control of the land, the towns and the cities. Roman, Viking, Norman and the Scottish invaders have all contributed ruthless episodes to the story. Christian fought pagan, Englishman fought foreign invader, and loyalist fought rebel, in some of the most destructive battles of British history. And bitter internal conflicts, which set neighbour against neighbour, created an equally violent heritage as rival lords and landowners contended for power and influence in the north. David Cooke gives a vivid description of the outbreaks of warfare that have punctuated the county's history. Using graphic contemporary accounts and numerous illustrations and maps, he creates a vivid narrative of a county that was a battleground until modern times.

Engineering the Victory

... Engineers never showed up was in Trois Ponts where three bridges were
blown just before the arrival of the Kampfgruppe . ... This prevented Peiper from
obtaining his assigned route to the Meuse . ... The race across the center of the
bulge goosehead where the 103rd , the 44th , the 159th , the 81st , the 158th , the
299th ...

Engineering the Victory

The Battle Of the Bulge, in December 1944, was Hitler and the Wehrmacht's last great battle of World War II in the West. After losing the war for the beaches and hedgerows of Normandy, and barely escaping with huge losses from the Falaise pocket, the German Army fell back to just West of the Rhine and the German border. Hitler and his Generals planned a massive counter stroke and marshaled the forces to make it work. Striking in surprise on December 16, 1944 in the weakly defended Ardennes, German thrusts moved quickly to put Allied forces on the defensive. The Battle of the Bulge was that ensuing great battle. In this book Colonel David Pergrin reaches out for the other stories of that battle. Assisted by the Army Engineer Association, he has gathered numerous battlefield stories, anecdotes, and experiences told by those who were there and who lived them. With his own battlefield experience providing an understanding of people in war, he has crafted an interesting book that tells those stories of engineers in battle. Many of the participants in that great battle have never been recognized for their exploits. The stories Dave Pergrin has collected in this book bring attention to engineer soldiers in combat and construction units who fought and died with their comrades of infantry, tankers, artillery, and the others - units that have not before been accorded their due. Weaving these stories and vignettes together into the framework of the overall battle, this book honors the many engineer soldiers, their companies and battalions, that contributed greatly to the allied to the allied defeat of the Germans. 200 b/w photographs