Prior to capturing Metz, the 5th Division soldiers of Major-General Stafford Irwin took part in a series of assaults against the assorted troops defending in and around Metz. As part of the 20th Corps, the unit had been forced to evacuate Dornot as the Americans struggled to reinforce their only remaining bridgehead across the Moselle. At dawn, men of the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Division, faced a counter-attack by the SS Panzergrenadier Gotz von Berlichingen reinforced with tanks. On the eastern front an attack by SS units invariably resulted in a local victory but in the west the vast weight of the Materialschlacht defeated even the heralded determination of the Nazi elite. The firefight at Arnaville would prove to be no different.
Attacker: German (SS) (Elements of the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division)
Defender: American (Elements of the 5th Infantry Division with armored support)