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The group soon decided to abandon their objective and retreat back to Laycock's position.

After sundown on 16 Nov, they reached Rommel's headquarters.

At 2359 hours, they approached the main building after bypassing the perimeter guards.

The offensive was to be conducted by two British corps.

The other formation defending Axis territory was the Italian XX Motorized Corps, which was consisted of the Italian 132nd Armored Division "Ariete" and the Italian 101st Motorized Division "Trieste".

On the German side, the 21st Panzer Division was temporarily withdrawn for refueling.

At dusk, the British 22nd Armoured Brigade arrived on the scene, but it was too late to assist the British 4th Armoured Brigade.

The first day of the offensive no resistance was met.