The Germans kept a position around Colmar with the intention to start re-conquering the Alsace from there. They recieved fresh troops for the counter attack. The French troops were tired and outnumbered and had to install a defensive line instead of pushing on to Colmar.
On January 20, 1945 the French started to conquer the area around Colmar and they tried to contain as many Germans as possible. The French didnít reach their goals on the first day because of the heavy resistance of the Germans and the snow storms. The second day was a big success, but on the third day the Germans started a counterattack. After three days, the fighting became very heavy and every town had to be conquered door by door. The Germans ran short on materials and supplies. They used everything they had on infantry and artillery. But Hitler still didn't give the orders to withdraw.
The French started to attack from the north and the south to keep the Germans away from the Rhine, which was their escape route. On January 27, the Germans finally got the permission to withdraw over the Rhine and leave the Alsace to the French.
The Germans blew up the bridge over the Rhine at Chalampé on February 9. It was the last bridge that they had to escape over the Rhine. 16,000 Germans were kept prisoner, 20,000 were killed in action, but 50,000 more escaped.