As the Axis troops advanced they investigated markers and uncovered some entrenchments and a supply dump (100 points). The company of Ramcke Fallschirmjaeger entered a bit late but made up ground on the good track, moving well forward to support the Bresicas right flank just south of the village, seeing the approach of the 2/24th. Unfortunately they investigated a marker that was a minefield and suffered casualties. Fallschirmjaeger were made of strong stuff however and instead of retreating, went to ground in the minefield to bring fire on the Aussies. The Folgore paras disembarked SW of the village to engage the 2/24th approaching from the SE, leaving some troops in the Saharianas to man the formidable 20mm cannons and VMGs. The accompanying Ariete AB40s skirted to the north to protect the left flank and the Ariete Milmarts deployed ~500m behind the village with a field of fire to the NE where Allied armour may be expected. One Company of the Brescia held the village, another was in reserve west of it and another company bravely scouted to the north, past the crossroads.
The CAP Hurricane section arrived late, on turn 4, but as the Me110s from ZG 26 were also late the RAF were unopposed and easily drove off the AOP Storch although the skilful pilot avoided being shot down. The Hurricanes could provide air superiority for 4 turns before running low on fuel. The Me110s of ZG 26 arrived the following turn but were driven off for a turn by the Hurricanes in the ensuing melee.
With the M3s of the Hussars lined up in great numbers north of the village the Axis troops welcomed the arrival of the 'PaK front' of 88mm and 75mm guns from 15th Pz Div who could deal with the enemy armour at long range. The KampfGruppe command group also decided to move out of the view of the Hussars behind the burning Milmarts, but close enough to lend command support to the Italians.