After taking Kesternich from elements of the 272nd Volksgrenadier Division, the U.S. 310th Infantry Regiment shifted to defense. But, the command assumed that a counterattack form the nearby Tiefenbach Ravine was out of the question owing to its step sides and dense undergrowth. So, when the anticipated counterattack took shape, the Americans defended their front well without realizing the threat to their rear via the ravine. Volksgrenadiers followed the Tiefenbach to within 500 yards of Kesternich undetected and attacked at 1500 hours. They quickly crossed the intervening open ground to infiltrate the town.
Attacker: German (Volksgrenadier Regiment 981, 272nd Volksgrenadier Division)
Defender: American (Company F, 310th Infantry Regiment)