On December 18, the Kampfgruppe Peiper disabled the guns which were defending the bridge over the river Amblève. In the nighttime of December 20 and 21, the Americans blew up the bridge. The front and the back part with the supplies of the German Divisions were separated. The Germans had to change their route and revenged by killing a lot of civilians. To avoid the capture of a very big fuel depot by the Germans the 5de Belgische Bataljon Fuseliers (5th Belgian Fusilier Battalion) burnt it. This caused a huge sea of flames.

June 2004

There is an American halftrack in Stavelot which is now a monument.

Stavelot Stavelot with the abbey in the foreground Peiper used this road to get to Stavelot Plaque for the 28 executed civillians
The bridge over the river Amblève American M3A1 Halftrack The bridge over the river Amblève Plaque for the 1st US Army who put the Germans back
Plaque of the 596th Parachute Engineer Company Plaques to remember World War II Plaques to remember World War II List of war victims
Courtyard of the abbey. 164 civillians who where executed by the Germans; where temporary buried here. Plaque for this mass grave This kind of monuments in the Ardennes tell us where the Germans were stopped This house still has the bullet holes of the fighting on December 18, 1944
This house still has the bullet holes of the fighting on December 18, 1944 On the left of this road was the fuel storage Monument for the 5de Belgische Bataljon Fuseliers who set this fuel storage on fire House with bullet holes