The attack began on at 1245 hours on the 16th of November 1944. A Company jumped off alongside C Company with B Company following the two attacking companies in reserve. It quickly became clear to the GIs that this attack was not going to go according to plan as the enemy responded to the advancing waves of infantrymen.
According to the official C Company history, the attack was met by “overwhelming artillery, mortar, tank and automatic fire.” Shortly after the First Battalion jumped off, the attack became pinned down and the advance came to a sudden stop. The forward companies were under accurate artillery fire as well as direct fire from Hill 232. Shells ripped through the tree tops in the thick forest, shattering the trunks and raining deadly shell splinters down upon the attacking infantry. Under this withering bombardment, the attack melted away and the commanding officers of the First Battalion could not re-establish order whilst under such heavy fire. The Forward Observer (FO), who was attached to First Battalion for the attack, reported back to regiment at 1351 hours, stating that the assault companies had only advanced 500 yards from the jumping-off point and were pinned down. Major Rawie, FO for the 7th Field Artillery, was requesting counter-battery fire at 1407 hours in order to try and suppress the German artillery fire. He reported to regiment that all casualties so far were a result of German artillery.