Reading various reports on the attack on Villiers Bocage it would appear that 7th Armoured Div. over extended and became surrounded resulting in the Battle of the Brigade Box. My Father serving with Mercers Troop 5 RHA thought that this was all part of the plan as the notes below from his journal indicate. I know that a Gunner would have a fairly limited view of the overall battle but could this have been preplanned? The unexpected heavy loss of armour in the early stages of the attack would obviously changed the original plans but could these have included allowing to being surrounded? 5 RHA's briefing before attack as reported by my Father “You will advance and take Tilly Bocage; you will be cut off, but not to worry air supplies are assured, on your left the 50 Div. Tyne and Tees (T and T, s) will take Tilly, and your right will be protected by the American Heavy Artillery" So said our C0. Col. Hoare. ” No one will leave their gun only the dead!” Also “The right of the line is our pride of the line” RHA motto.