During the night of 16 February two companies of the German 715th
Infantry Division assaulted Company E of the 157th Infantry Regiment. All night the
fighting raged until Company E was squeezed into a tiny perimeter. Also trapped were
three Shermans of 191st Tank Battalion led by Lt. Tommy L. Cobb Jnr.
By daybreak, just 14 riflemen remained. At 5AM the following morning, Captain
Felix L. Sparks, commander of Company E, was radioed permission to withdraw.
Five Panzers rumbled towards the isolated group, set on administering the coup
de grace. Paced by Lt. Cobb's three Shermans, the little group had to fight its way to the
Attacker: German (3rd Panzer Division)
Defender: American (Company E, 157th Infantry Regiment and 191st Tank Battalion)