Ardennes Offensive - Peiper's route

Introduction

Just before dawn on December 16 1944 the German army opened their offensive Wacht am Rhein with a terrific artillery barrage. Shortly after that German divisions poured into the thinly held American lines in the Ardennes. The goal was to capture Antwerp and effectively cutting the Allies armies in half, thus hoping to turn the tide in the west and force a surrender of cease fire of the western allies.
 
The main German thrust was to be carried out by 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler. The spearhead of this division was to be led by Kampfgruppe Peiper, named after its commander Standartenführer Joachim Peiper. Confined to narrow, slippery and ill maintained roads and confronted by numerous blown bridges Peiper's column inched forward until finally checked just west of La Gleize. Here the Kampgruppe was to make its final stand until it was forced to escape by night and by foot.
 
This tour follows in the trail of Kampfgruppe Peiper and takes us to the places where they were effectively countered time and again by sometimes makeshift American units.
 
Disclaimer and notice: Battlefield Discovery does not support, glorify nor condone Nazi ideology and their actions. The purpose of this tour is to tell the story of one of the important German attacks during the Battle of the Bulge.
 

Tour highlights

  • Lanzerath
  • Honsfeld
  • Büllingen
  • Malmedy Massacre
  • Ligneuville
  • Stavelot
  • Trois Ponts
  • Habiemont
  • Cheneux
  • La Gleize
  • Stoumont

 

Duration

This tour takes a full day. Combination with other tours into a mutiple day tour is possible.
 

Possible tour days

Standard on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays. Other days of the week only by mutual agreement.
 

Bookings and payment

This tours costs EUR 65 per person based on a booking for a "mixed group" tour. Different prices for a private tour may apply depending on group size. Prices, terms and conditions can be found here.
 
You can easily book the tour via the booking form on this page, or by contacting me directly. By submitting a booking you agree to our terms and conditions
 
After receipt of you booking request I will verify availability on the tour date(s) requested. If needed I will contact you to discuss details or other options. Presuming a requested tour date is possible I will sent you a confirmation email containting an invoice stating the total amount due and the deposit amount (if applicable) needed to complete your booking. Full payment is due 10 days prior to the start date of the tour.
 

Transport and pick up area

This is a car tour by a car or van driven by Battlefield Discovery. If you wish to drive with your own car, please let me know in advance. The pick up point as well as other details will be send to you after receipt of full payment.