The next few months from June to August saw the battalion fighting
an aggressive defence of the beachhead and a long and bitter breakout
against a determined enemy.
Part of the Allied plan was for the 50th
division to contain the enemy by aggressive action and capture the
town of Villiers Bocage. The battalion being involved heavily in the
fighting around the important village of Hottot, 5 miles north of
Villiers Bocage. 231 bde was again in the vanguard of the 50th Div
and the battalion fought from Villiers Bocage through the Normandy
Bocage pushing the enemy before it, until it reached the village of
St. Pierre which after a long bitter fight the German defence collapsed
and the Germans retreated through the Falaise Gap.