In late December and mid-January, the French took important gaps in the mountains near Ousseltia, but in a series of retaliatory attacks the Germans inflicted over three hundred casualties. A more serious challenge developed in Late January when Axis units attacked at the juncture of the British and French sectors and pushed the line ten miles west. German commanders continued to push hard along the road to Ousseltia. On 31 January they struck at the 11th Company, 7th RTM, positioned at Wadi Drijda. Mountain troops of the 756th Gebirgsjager Regiment, augmented by panzer support, worked from height-to-height.
Attacker: German (Reinforced elements 756th Gebirgsjager Regt)
Defender: Free French (11th Co., 7th Regiment of Moroccan Tirailleurs)