In an effort to take Nancy, the US Army decided to encircled the town and a large movement was directed to cut it from the rest of the German Army. Lunéville was a medium sized town on the route of movement to complete the encirclement. The 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (known as “Patton’s Ghosts”) reached Lunéville on 15 September and 1st and 2nd Platoons of C Troop, 42nd Mechanized Reconnaissance Cavalry Battalion were sent, with great optimism, to take the city by a ‘coup de main’.
Attacker: American (1st Platoon, C Troop, 42nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Group)
Defender: German (Panzer-Aufklärung-Abteilung.115, 15.Panzergrenadier-Division)