At dawn on 7 August, the Americans in St. Barthelemy were aware of German armor, masked by a heavy mist that had descended overnight, maneuvering in front of their positions. They were also aware the Germans had assaulted the village of le Mesnil-Tove four miles behind the American position. The platoons of Able Company in the village lacked bazookas and included many inexperienced men. As elements of Panzer-Division 2 passed around the northern side of St-Barthelemy, "Leibstandarte" Panther tanks rolled into the village itself.
Attacker: German (SS) (SS-Panzer-Division 1 "Leibstandarte Adolph Hitler")
Defender: American (1st Battalion, 117th Infantry Regiment, & 823rd Tank Destroyer Battalion)