In its second day, the German Wacht am Rhein offensive was already running into delays. The heavily-wooded area east of Rocherath-Krinkelt was the Rollbahn, the planned route of advance for 12th SS-Panzer-Division, and 277th Volks-Grenadier-Division was supposed to quickly open the route. Seeing the slow progress, the I. SS-Panzer-Korps ordered 12th SS-Panzer-Division to help carry the attack and break through to the twin villaghes. Led by Kampfgruppe Muller, the weight of the German attack soon forced the 99th Division's 3/393rd Infantry to pull back, leaving the U.S. 2nd Division's 3/23rd Infantry to hold the line.
Attacker: German (SS) (Elements of Kampfgruppe Muller (SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 25 and SS-Panzerjager-Abteilung 12), SS-Panzer Division 12 Hitler Jugend)
Defender: American (Elements of Companies I and K, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division and elements of the 741st Tank Battalion)