The Amwerican offensive on 2 November initially sparked very little activity on the German side. The 89th Division was in the process of being relieved by the 272nd Volksgrenadier Division, and all battalions of the 1055th Regiment were on the move. General Bruns, the 89th Division Commander, was at Kilometer Marker 18 to supervise the movement of his units when he learned that enemy forces were advancing on Kommersheidt. He found two companies of Russian Volunteer Regiment 4 and ordered the commander to stop any enemy penetration on Schmidt. Meanwhile, the 3rd Battalion of the American 112th Infantry Regiment was tasked with taking Schmidt. On 3 November, Company K had moved from Kommersheidt and occupied the southwestern area of Schmidt around 1400. Company L, advancing to the east of Company K, was ordered to clear the village.