Just looking into 'Jochen' Peiper's career and wondered what he did in the Battle of France . Just read this, Peiper saw first combat with the Leibstandarte in 1940, during the campaign for France. He took part in the assault on the Wattenberg heights. This attack was noteworthy because it went against Hitler's famous 'halt' order for Dunkirk. British artillery was positioned on the hills, something which caused the LAH quite some irritation. Despite this order, Dietrich threw his unit at them and the positions were conquered. Peiper was awarded the Iron Cross 1st class for his actions that day. Jochen Peiper: hero of the Waffen-SS I could go upstairs and look at me books but Mrs just gone to bed and it would annoy her somewhat to start hunting for references. So where exactly was he when he got his Iron Cross & who was he up against?