At this point in the campaign both sides were low on troops with the British missing 9 and the Germans missing 10. With their support points the British had available another section, a Vickers team, 3" mortar support, a medic and an adjutant. The Germans with their limited resources took a rifle team, an adjutant and three entrenchments for a team.
The patrol phase was about even for both sides with the British managing to get jump off points quite far forward with the Germans not able to get into the Barn on the outskirts of the village. The British deployed first with two sections; one in front of the barn and the other next to the woods in the south.