On one of the SSF’s now legendary patrols, the task was to raid Cerreto Alto, a small village approximately two miles east of the Mussolini Canal. The raiding force consisted of infantry from the FSSF, two platoons of M4 Sherman medium tanks, one platoon of M10 tank destroyers, one platoon of M5 Stuart light tanks, and one reconnaissance platoon.
The enemy was entrenched in the buildings at Cerreto Alto and it was expected they had tank and artillery support. In reality, a company of Panzerpioniers from the Hermann Göring Panzerdivision had entrenched in the village. Platoons of assault tanks, assault guns, and tank-hunters supporting the 362. Infanteriedivision to the north were close enough to provide support as was their divisional artillery.
Attacker: American (No.5 Company, 2d Battalion, 2d Regiment, FSSF)
Defender: Axis (Xa MAS and Kompanie B, I.Battalion, Hermann Goring Panzerpionier Regiment)