Performance of the 6th Panzer Army in the Ardennes

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Re: Performance of the 6th Panzer Army in the Ardennes

Post by sandeepmukherjee196 » 03 May 2021 20:02

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The controversial Mohnke was the new commander of the LAH for Autumn Mist- he is also responsible for what happened to LAH.
But the KG commander would make decisions as per his reading of the Auftragstaktik requirement. So Peiper would take those calls on the field while Mohnke was in his HQ, getting cross, nursing his foot.. I guess!?

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Re: Performance of the 6th Panzer Army in the Ardennes

Post by Cult Icon » 03 May 2021 20:13

I am not so sure if Peiper was "taking his time", he was leading a 26 mile long column along a one-tank front. Most glaringly he brought a Tiger battalion, an artillery battalion, and flak battalion. His commanding officer basically creamed off most of the LAH's heavy equipment for Peiper, except for their heavy bridging column. KG Hansen built the first bridge and it was done to rescue the cut-off KG Peiper.

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Re: Performance of the 6th Panzer Army in the Ardennes

Post by sandeepmukherjee196 » 04 May 2021 17:58

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I am not so sure if Peiper was "taking his time", he was leading a 26 mile long column along a one-tank front. Most glaringly he brought a Tiger battalion, an artillery battalion, and flak battalion. His commanding officer basically creamed off most of the LAH's heavy equipment for Peiper, except for their heavy bridging column. KG Hansen built the first bridge and it was done to rescue the cut-off KG Peiper.
Very interesting. One can understand if the tail lags in catching up .. Or even the combat support people.. Its the Aufklarungs element and Pz kompanies I am referring to.

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Re: Performance of the 6th Panzer Army in the Ardennes

Post by Cult Icon » 10 May 2021 17:36

sandeepmukherjee196 wrote:
04 May 2021 17:58

Very interesting. One can understand if the tail lags in catching up .. Or even the combat support people.. Its the Aufklarungs element and Pz kompanies I am referring to.
I agree that- as subsequent events pointed out- that the KG was not organized in an effective way.
Also I meant 26 kilometers, not miles.

Youtube has a lot of good battlefield tours, including this one:

KG Peiper

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF68UqwyZz4

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Re: Performance of the 6th Panzer Army in the Ardennes

Post by Cult Icon » 10 May 2021 17:38

Drone footage of one of 99th ID's forward regiments that was targeted for breakthrough :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6EnxkOZIqc

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Re: Performance of the 6th Panzer Army in the Ardennes

Post by Aida1 » 13 May 2021 17:33

sandeepmukherjee196 wrote:
04 May 2021 17:58
Cult Icon wrote:
03 May 2021 20:13
I am not so sure if Peiper was "taking his time", he was leading a 26 mile long column along a one-tank front. Most glaringly he brought a Tiger battalion, an artillery battalion, and flak battalion. His commanding officer basically creamed off most of the LAH's heavy equipment for Peiper, except for their heavy bridging column. KG Hansen built the first bridge and it was done to rescue the cut-off KG Peiper.
Very interesting. One can understand if the tail lags in catching up .. Or even the combat support people.. Its the Aufklarungs element and Pz kompanies I am referring to.
Not surprising given the type of roads used and the weather.

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