'PEIPER'S LAST ADVANCE' By Nicolas Trudgian


What became known as the 'Battle of the Bulge' was Hitler's last attempt to win back the initiative in the West by smashing towards the Allied lines by the unlikely and difficult route through the Ardennes. Five armoured spearheads, one of which was commanded by the highly regarded Obersturmbannfuhrer Joachim 'Jochen' Peiper, were to penetrate these steep and wooded valleys under the cover of poor weather which had brought deep snow.

Although a battle-hardened commander, Peiper soon found the conditions most unsuitable for his heavy armour, especially his prestige but very large 'King Tigers' which were forced to hold back a give cover while more maneuverable tanks went on.

After meeting strong opposition from three US Divisons, whose engineers has also quickly destroyed vital bridges ahead of the German advance, Peiper's force soon became scattered. Now fighting a hopeless defensive action and suffering from a lack of fuel and ammunition, Peiper was eventually forced to withdraw on 23rd December leaving his King Tigers behind. For Peiper, as well as Germany, this had been the final advance in the West.

Nicolas Trudgian depicts the advance of Peiper's Kampfgruppe - Panzer IV's and Panthers move up on one of the vital roads through the Ardennes, closely watched by a King Tiger - '204' - Commanded by Unterscharfuhrer Eduard Stadler. Above Messerschmitt Bf109K fighters stave off an Allied P-47 Fighter-bomber intent on delaying the advance.

The Main 'King Tiger Edition' was Limited to just 170 Prints worldwide and was signed by 13 Knights Cross holders:-

Otto CARIUS - KCO - Panzerwaffe (Tigers)

Otto SCHULTZ - KC - Luftwaffe

Wilhelm WEIDENBRUCK - KC - Panzerwaffe

Hugo BROCH - KC - Luftwaffe

Erwin KRESSMANN - KC - Panzerwaffe

Kurt DAHLMANN - KCO - Luftwaffe

Heinz Gunther GUDERIAN - KC - Panzerwaffe

Hans-ekkehard BOB - KC - Luftwaffe

Norbert KUJACINSKI - KC - Panzerwaffe

Erich RUDORFFER - KCOS - Luftwaffe

Albert KERSCHER - KCO - Panzerwaffe (Tigers)

Gerhard FISCHER - KC - Panzerwaffe

Willy BACHOR - KC - Panzerwaffe

The Print measures 34 x 25 Inches and comes with the CoA.

This is now a RARE Edition.

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