Stolpi has an open thread about Brits in the Ardennes. It mostly deals with the efforts to stop, and then reverse, the German advance. This thread doesn’t intend to deal with any of that. What I intend to do through it is to let others know about British involvement (of a relatively minor sort) right at the start of the battle. And, oddly perhaps, that involvement was through the RAF rather than the Army. But the action all took place on the ground and not in the air. My interest in it stems from the fact that my grandfather’s RAF Regiment squadron was one of the units involved although I have no proof my grandfather himself took part. I know from family stories he was in the Ardennes. But that could have been after the Germans were pushed back. I have managed to find various references to this incident, some from original documents at the National Archives and some in books written later, and I plan to post these on this thread. The first reference I came across was the following, from The RAF Regiment at War 1942-1946 by Kingsley Oliver, pgs. 112-113. My search spread out from there. “In December 1944 the Wehrmacht launched its last desperate gamble to disrupt the Allied advance by striking at the junction between the American and British armies in France. Twenty German divisions from the 5th and 6th Panzer Armies erupted from the wooded hills of the Ardennes and struck at the five American divisions which stood between them, the River Meuse, Antwerp and the rear echelons of the British and Canadian armies in Belgium and Holland. Although RAF Airfields were not threatened by the initial impetus of these attacks, the RAF’s 72 Wing, with its forward radars and wireless interception units, certainly was. 2811 Rifle and 2804 Armoured Car Squadrons formed 72 Wing’s covering force which enabled the technical units and their Regiment squadrons to fight their way through the confused situation which developed to the west of Bastogne as German special forces in American vehicles and uniforms spread alarm and despondency in what had been the rear area. German parachutists established roadblocks in an attempt to delay retreating units until the advancing panzer formations could reach them, but the Regiment squadrons forced their way through those they encountered. Eventually all the vital equipment was withdrawn to safety in its cumbersome vehicles and trailers, despite the inclement weather and the poor roads and tracks that had to be used, and the morale of the personnel of 6080 Signals Unit was raised considerably when they learned that the Regiment had rescued the safe with their pay in it as well!” Since my grandfather was with 2742 Armoured Car Squadron, when I first read this it had no direct bearing on my search to find out as much as possible about his service as I could. But I was soon to learn otherwise.