As part of the assault on Metz, the 10th Armored Division was ordered to execute a flank attack around the north side of the fortified area. Racing east past Thionville, the division turned south to complete the encirclement of Metz. The next objective became Bouzonville, across the Nied River. Finding the bridges there blown, task Force Chamberlain found one intact at Filistrof, to the west of Bouzonville, and promptly attacked. With recon elements in the lead, the task force quickly brushed aside a weak infantry screen north of the river. The bridge itself was taken easily, but once across the river the U.S. troops ran into more Germans in better positions.
Attacker: American (Troop A, 90th Cavalry Recon Squadron, 10th Armored Division/54th Armored Infantry Battalion)
Defender: German (Infanterie Regiment 73, Infanterie Division 416)