Christmas Day found the American garrison at Bastogne surrounded. The Germans marked the holiday with an assault on the hitherto quite northwestern perimeter – with Bastogne as the goal. Kampfgruppe Maucke split up at dawn, with the smaller element moving north to bypass Champs. It unknowingly advanced to a collision with B and C Companies of the 502nd Parachute Infantry. . .
Attacker: German (SS) (Panzergrenadier-Regiment 115 and Panzer-Abteilung 115, Panzergrenadier-Division 15)
Defender: American (B, C and HQ Companies, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division and 705th Tank Destroyer Battalion)