During the German Ardennes offensive, Colonel Peiperís kampfgruppe from the 1st SS Panzer Division had quick victories which had taken them close to the Meuse River bridges but they had completely run out of fuel. The remaining assault elements of the SS Panzer Division launched an attack to reach Peiperís stalled kampfgruppe. The main German thrust came at a point south of Trois Ponts on the Salm River. There, a company of the 82nd Airborne Division had established a small bridgehead on the cliffs across the river.
Attacker: German (SS) (SS-Panzergrenadier Regiment 2, SS-Panzer-Division 1 "Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler")
Defender: American (Company E, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division)