The Americans were closing the ring around the city and, in a desperate attempt to widen the gap between two American pincers, the Germans repeatedly counterattacked the 1st Infantry Division following Colonel Gerhard Wilck's motto "the best defence is a good offense".
June 1944: On the right flank of Operation EPSOM, the British set up Operation MARTLET. This operation was necessary because EPSOM was vulnerable to German counterattack from the high ground in the Rauray area.
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