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Western Front

Battle of the Bulge Part 1: German Attack, 24 December 1944

Clearing skies over the Ardennes on 24 December 1944 permitted USAAF reconnaissance over the area that was penetrated by Kampfgruppe Peiper at the start of the Battle of the Bulge on 16 December. Nearly the entire north flank of the Battle of the Bulge was imaged, revealing action at Stoumont and La Gelize, where the kampfgruppe had been trapped by elements of the U.S. 30th Infantry Division, 3rd Armor Division and 82nd Airborne Divisions (Map 1). Other battle sites --Rocherath-Krinkelt ('the Twin Villages'), Elsenborn, Malmedy and Stavelot-- were also imaged, as was widespread evidence of artillery bombardment, vehicular movements and deployments.

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