Following the captured of the crossroads during the morning, Captain Mize left a platoon of infantry and six Sherman tanks to defend the place. German commanders could not tolerate the presence of enemy troops astride this vital part of the communications and supply network. Oberstleutnant Zander, commander of Panzergrenadier Regiment 60, promptly organized a counter-stroke. With artillery support, a small force of landsers and three Panthers reached the crossroads swiftly, despite the lingering fog.
Attacker: German (Kampfgruppe Bayer, 116th Panzer Division)
Defender: American (Task Force Mize, 3rd Armored Division)