On the morning of 2 June, the German 90th Leichte Division, reinforced by recon regiments closed the ring around Bir Hacheim. A small party of German recon motorcyclists was slowly advancing in the thick mist when they saw French vehicles moving north on a track. The Germans just phoned to their parent
unit following them several kilometers up in the north to warn them for the upcoming
French column. Thereafter they hid their sidecars in a nearby deir, set up their
MG in ambush position and just waited for the French to come back. After hearing
the sound of gunfire some time later, they knew they had met the main German force
and they would come back soon. The heat was so intense and the wind so gusty that
some veterans already knew that a Ghibli, a sand storm, was approaching. Suddenly,
they heard the sound of the vehicles tracing their way through the mist.