At 8:00 A.M., the 2nd DLM retreated from Hannut, to avoid being overwhelmed by German supporting units. Soon after, the Germans were engaged by another French strongpoint at Crehen. The 2nd Cuirassiers, commanded by Captain Sainte-Marie Perrin and armed with 21 Hotchkiss tanks, took on the best the German panzer force had to offer. The action grew hotter as Perrin’s Hotchkiss squadrons engaged the Panzers from a series of prepared positions, even as the Germans approached on the center of Crehen. As the supporting infantry of the Dragoons suffered losses, the responsibility for the defense shifted to the French tankers.
Attacker: German (Elements of the Panzer Regiment 35, Panzer Division 4)
Defender: French (Elements of the 2e Cuirassiers and 11e Dragons, 3e Division Légere Mechanique)