On the northern shoulder of the Bulge, the American positions near Elsenborn Ridge had held firm after the initial German onslaught. The newly arrived 1st U.S. Infantry Division dug in near the villages at the southern end of the ridge. Their task was to block German efforts to regain control of the road to Stoumont to restore contact with Kampfgruppe Peiper. Day and night on the 20th, II SS-Panzerkorps struck at the American lines near Butgenbach and elsewhere. Early on the 21st, Standartenfuhrer Hugo Kraas, Commander of the 12th SS-Panzer Division, personally directed a force to make the decisive attempt to break open the U.S. position. . .
Attacker: German (SS) (Elements of 12th SS-Panzer Division and 3rd Fallschirmjager Division [OB Optional: 560th Jagdpanzer Abteilung])
Defender: American (Elements of 2nd Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment [OB Optional: A Company, 634th TD Battalion and C Company, 745th Tank Battalion])