After the 2nd Infantry Division captured Hill 102 to the east, 29th Infantry Division could now resume its attacks on the high ground closer to St. lo. They attacked on 16 July through the hedgerows but with little success. Without any adequate gains the attack was called off. At the same time, 2nd Battalion, 116th Regiment was just starting to have some success. Communications was lost, and before word reached them to halt the attack, they penetrated well to the south and was now cut off. I-116 had taken control of Martinville Ridge however, and was ordered to set up a defense there. A different unit would be ordered to attack to relieve the surrounded 2nd Battalion. Rather than attack the cut-off battalion, the Germans opted to attack the ridge itself and prevent any relief attempts.
Attacker: German (Reinforced elements of Fallschirmjaeger Division 3)
Defender: American (Elements of 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division)