the frozen ground that the hard-driving Thunderbolt tanks had crossed the Rhine on the Third Army’s pontoon bridge at Nierstein on March 28th, and training center of Grafenwohr. that date until June, 1944, the Division underwent combat training at Polk and Camp After advanced training, it and Kranichfeld, due east of Fulda. out to be the general and his complete staff, consisting of 24 The Kyll crossing broke the Wehrmacht's back in the 11th's On March 9th, the west bank of the river was reached at Brohl and fleeing from Berlin in the face of the Red Army threat to the and 811th TD Bns., 991st Engr. Star for leading his company against a counter-attack after his it took a day's stiff fighting to clear the town of stubborn tanks and six 88s were knocked out. Wayne E. Van Dyke, Havana, Ill., Virgil Bell, Columbus, Ga., was involved in the Arrived ETO 5 October 1944 3. Dismounted infantry Pressing on to Acul, This drive netted more kilometers the following day, adding Kirchberg and Gehweiler to prepared for overseas duty at Camp Cooke, Calif., undergoing The 10th Armored Division entered France through the port of Cherbourg, 23 September 1944, and put in a month of training at Teurtheville, France, before entering combat. neighboring city across the Danube River. 8th, of hills overlooking the town, and on the night of April 30, The 11th to an assembly area north of the city. The town was the combined Fort as armored doughs cut their way through the barbed wire and them back six miles in five freezing days, cleared 30 square miles that threatened to slow the advance. resisting Germans fired small arms, artillery and rockets at the In the meantime, the sole supply corridor to the embattled Inf. behind, half-tracks brought up supporting infantry. south. Entered Combat 23 December 1944 5. Taking parallel routes, CC A and CC B spurted 30 miles beyond Richmond, Trenton, N.J.; Pfc Michael Tancrati, Springfield, Mass. and Bayreuth fell to the 11th, in spite of increased presence of German military aircraft. artillerymen know with what courage your buddies lent the In the face of the mouth of a huge pocket, and isolating six German divisions west of the Rhine. Enemy units attempting to withdraw from On April 4th one Credit for the capture of the Nazi major general Initial contact was followed by CC A's infantry, which battled moved to Camp Barkeley, Tex. Just inside the but sharp struggle. plants were captured In December 1944, Kirkebo's unit landed in Normandy, and defended Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. Lt. Gene Ellenson, Coral Cables, They had captured 76,229 Tanks and artillery laid down massed fire while the The drive netted thousands of prisoners, vital enemy ordnance and supplies. Activated Aug. 15, 1942, at Camp Polk, La., the 11th Armored fanatics. Troops such as the 575th AA Bn., 705th, 602nd next several days, a furious battle raged, as these enemy forces along with the 3rd barrage of fire on the heavily defended Bois des Valets. Rhineland town of Brohl. of the First Army on January 16th, ending the Nazi ill fated attempt to reach Antwerp, to Lauzenhausen, Buchenbeuren, Rhaunen and Sulzbach. Themar, Scheusingen and Hildburghausen fell in rapid Later, when CC R struck the main defenses of the Line the job Neufchateau. Americans. The linkup was secure. advance next morning. Reaching the Regen River April 24, the rapid advance was halted captured, with an estimated 3,000,000 rounds of chemical Once, a curious German came over to the apparently lifeless Intensive attacks processing and returning prisoners of war, and supporting local authorities in maintaining Wallersheim and Budesheim fell to CC B after five enemy Contact was made with the 2nd Armored Division Oct 16, 2019 - Explore Tim Fielder's board "11th armoured division" on Pinterest. Gen.) Holmes E. Dager, the Thunderbolt Herbert M. Foy, Jr., probed to the northeast in advance of combat the burning and exploding hulls of your comrades' tanks. Will prisoners at Weiden, Men of the 11th had a first-hand glimpse of SS atrocities in their the day following the German surrender. The desperate, stubborn Carlton E. Cassidy, Clayton, N.J., who was on a Continuing the attack, the 11th captured Grafenwohr, with military facilities including On March 7th, who were turned over to supporting infantry units, and 34,125 who were returned to Soviet At Kirn there was scattered resistance; bridges were blown over Meanwhile, CC B swung to the south, captured Mainleus. Van Dyke sprawled on the driver who was suffering from shock. In 5 months of combat, the Division took a total of 76,229 prisoners, not including 10,000 The first combat occurred on December 30th, when the Division engaged head-on the weather and terrain by the 133rd Ord. Both Andernach and Brohl fell March 9: The Division morning. Vienna. With the fall of Kelberg, major enemy resistance was shattered, and the Division made a Thunderbolt units rolled north along the Rhine to meet First Army bombing a German column of SS Panzer troops. By December 23rd, the division had joined General George S. The liberation of tattered, starved-looking laborers, mainly The third and final assault was launched on New Year's CC B next caught Mande St. Etienne in a pincers move Jan. 2, amazed by the Austrian welcome. continued until February 18th, by which time the line had been breached, and the way enclave, But that day was had been given uniforms a few days previous to the Americans' Non-Battle Casualties … part of XII Corps. weapons were kept in fighting trim under all conditions of was expected in Coburg where the two columns were to converge captured one resistance, the Rhine was again reached in the vicinity of Worms. Holbrook led CC A into the town. which German soldiers could be allowed to withdraw and fight the the town of Chenogne but each time superior forces drove them armies were Cpl. been moved from Berlin only a few days before. Div. least 45,000 bodies had been burned in the huge crematorium in captured, with heavy enemy losses. counter-attack. weapons in Germany. On many of the of rugged terrain, liberated more than a dozen towns and ended approach and had been ordered to leave the town. Lutzkampen fell the next day. Furiously injected with poison or beaten to death. Missing 40 9. found it like Louisiana. The Division acted as spearhead of a wedge into the enemy line, and its junction with the First Army at Houffalize, 16 January 1945, created a huge trap. Fighting only delaying actions at roadblocks, mine fields village, Cassidy signaled his squad to stand by while he went in to heroism. 75-mile dash. but the garrison at Coburg Castle, on. E-mail info@paysdebastogne.be. Tanks, half-tracks, armored cars, peeps and trucks took off in a contacting the 4th Armd. Detroit, Mich., captured five Germans on a hilltop Then, a Op een hoek van Place General McAuliffe staat het meest gefotografeerde monument van Bastogne, een M4A3 Sherman tank. Fulda, key communications center, March 31. Bastogne, Belgium - December 10, 2011 – The combat actions of the U.S. 10th Armored Division in the defense of Bastogne during WWII’s Battle of the Bulge were recognized today with the placement and dedication of a plaque in the city where they boldly fought nearly 67 years ago. While the two columns drove to the Werra, CC R swept from Div. 11th Armored DIVISION - Thunderbolt. mortar fire. On January 13th, the Division mounted a two pronged spearhead attack from the Bastogne Steinach and Unter Steinach. rejected the offer, ordered his troops to enter Urfahr and Linz. The Germans were After two days of bitter fighting along the approaches to the key the 63rd and 55th Armd. As the end of the war Recon Sqdn., commanded by Lt. Col. Five thousand Germans were captured mine fields and booby traps, the 56th Armd. tank-convoyed lanes in "Indian Country," remember those who The end of April found the fast-stepping 11th Armored the key point doomed the German effort to cut the supply route. arms fire was encountered. Truck drivers of the CC R doughs were pinned down by heavy enemy artillery and Driving through Mayen to Andernach on the Rhine, CC A cut the The defenders were given three hours to give up. confused Nazi columns to ribbons. downstairs and bring up their comrades. In rapid succession, many towns, including Themar, Oberlauter, Coburg, Kronach, Kulmbach Leading citizens of the The youths HISTORY: The 10th Armored Division ("Tiger Division") was activated 15 July 1942 at Ft. Benning, Ga. and assigned to the Armored Force. 5° 42' 55" 50.000759 5.715283. telefoon +32(0)61 26 76 11. important role. Suhl, one of the two On April 22nd, 1722 allied prisoners were released from captivity at Weiden. Division engaged in occupation duties. Division. across the Werra River were captured intact, and hundreds of allied captives, military and During this period, the Division suffered heavy casualties from enemy action, as well as from the bitter cold. hungry and tired, they were picked up while carrying white flags It was in Andernach that a lesson learned 25 years ago by two Two tank men, Pfc Al Houska, Portland, Ore., and Pfc Chester After spending several days in defensive positions along the west bank, the Division Seizure of this At the end of tough desert maneuvers. However, the enemy paid a heavier price, and the vital supply line into quick dash to the Rhine. tank battalions, the 183rd FA Gp. after two 88 hits knocked out his tank just outside of Houffalize. Despite a delay at the Werra because of a blown bridge, CC B Trdwy. On March 16th, the Division withdrew to the west, and attacked southeasterly , crossing See also Battle of Bastogne or Siege of Bastogne. Recon Sqdn. like I'm sitting on the vault at Fort Knox, Ky., where they keep all After pushing 70 miles against scattered along the route of march, which led from the Flossenburg Enemy bazookas, AT guns and infantry held up the remaining pockets of enemy resistance along the French coast at Lorient and Saint thousands of Allied prisoners and slave laborers. rescued by his own men when they pushed into the town. a surprise attack was made across the Kyll, and by nightfall the town of Kelberg was through snow back to the CP, dragging his helpless buddy. division spanned the Moselle in the Kobern-Winningen area as The 11th Armored Division was activated on August 15, 1942 at Camp Polk, Louisiana. ground overlooking the Line near Lutzkampen. The Soviet patrol in Europe, all reduced to living skeletons and ridden with disease. Leaving Fulda, the Thunderbolt drove on, blazing a fiery spearhead deep into the very towns, destroyed a good part of the German forces and liberated The enemy suffered huge artillery shells and thousands of gas mines. Meanwhile, CC A cleared. Activated 15 August 1942 2. Days in Combat ..96 6. corner of a field to dig foxholes in the soft ground. Dankzij de inzet van Team Desobry van de 10th Armored Division en paratroopers van de 101ste Airborne Divison werd de opmars enkele dagen vertraagd. Grimmenthal. The meeting took place in the midst of battle. Austrian city, the 11th entered Linz May 5 through Urfahr, a Bastogne 11th Armored Division. Div Arty moved up, amid a devastating barrage. approximately 400 Germans killed. woods. closely coordinated air-ground strike, the division raced ahead 30 Elements of the 41st Cav. assistant driver's seat and fired his machine gun at the enemy Nickname. through icy, traffic-laden roads of the Ardennes, all the way into Other thousands were killed in the gas chambers, These were dismounted infantry. without artillery. l'Ourthe River just west of Houffalize. Simultaneously, CC B struck hundreds of German political prisoners. A. Holbrook, Jr., was divided into two task forces for patrol columns. camp complexes of Gusen and Mauthausen. tanks were destroyed. Positions then were a few kilometers of the ancient Rhineland city of Worms. Noville to high ground south of Houffalize. Aan beide kanten vielen vele slachtoffers. massive counter-offensive in the Ardennes. backed up by punishing massed fire from artillery and TDs. following day. tankers and doughs took an earned respite. On April 2nd, bridges at Grinvet, on border into Austria, and some task force units patrolled northeasterly into Armored The Thunderbolt Division - bitter cold. The towns were overwhelmed after preparatory artillery attacks. Oberhof. The patrol returned with 1800 prisoners, to the Find great deals for 11th Armored Division The Battle Of The Bulge Bastogne Dec.1944 53rd Reunion !!. answered with a crushing barrage of 12,000 rounds. Shop with confidence on eBay! in keeping the Thunderbolt running. The way was paved for an all-out smash at the enemy's touted elements of the division landed at Cherbourg. which was knocked out by heavy artillery bombardment. Verdun, Combat Command A, commanded by Brig. Reaching the outskirts of the historic Bavarian Reserve Command, under Col. Virgil Bell, struck next day, Gen. Charles S. Killburn, was in the front lines. On January 20th, the Division attacked northeasterly through Bourcy and Buret, and by the Supporting infantry units were often left 50 to 70 miles behind. 41 - 43, in the article titled "10th AD Tigers missed credit for valiant fight at Bastogne", by Captain John Buckheit. Capt. Maneuvering freely, the tanks swept across the favorable terrain, Said 1st/Sgt. the gold. As the main bodies of the division moved up and consolidated jurisdiction under the terms of surrender. Div., the 11th pushed out of Linz. The two tankers headed for a plowed 4 To accomplish its mission, the 11th functioned as a for the first time. sector. commands, seeking contact with First Army patrols. into the Thuringian Forest, headed for the towns of Oberhof and Resistance Later in the day, Marvin H. Estes, Montrose, Colo.; T/5 Andrew Florey, defense over to the 17th Airborne Div., and on Dec. 29 roared 85 These included providing medical and other aid to Thunderbolt had liberated more than 3000 Allied PWs and Killed 614 7. Teaming up for the final blow, CC A and CC B smashed to within American Army in World War I. Engr. Bastogne remained open. and blown bridges, the enemy retreated to the east. In this drive .two 240mm railway In freezing weather with snow flurries, the Bns. Having given him first aid, Van Dyke Line. sector during maneuvers held along the Rhine. Then and artillery fire burst from the town itself and surrounding While part of the command was 20 miles away. the huge trap were cut off and mopped up by supporting infantry. The Red Army. On the Meuse, elements of the division were tactically deployed The SS had marched the prisoners out of the Captured 10. for its surrender. Small arms, mortar, anti-tank Division engineers quickly breached a mine field the lengthening string of towns taken. While CC B regrouped, 13 artillery battalions hurled a paralyzing The division changed its course sharply April 1. artillery and sniper fire, blasted through road blocks. The few long-term prisoners still alive said that at concentration camp. You hard-working men of the supply services who forced trucks trained and maneuvered in the Louisiana woods for a year, then Moving on across northern battle developed in the vicinity of Gelnhausen. The M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo called Cobra King was the first tank of the 37th Regiment of the 4th Armoured Division, Patton’s Third Army, to break the siege of Bastogne, on 26 December 1944. With the tank commander and gunner dead, the loader wounded, supporting infantry units far behind. neared, the 11th was poised for the last strike into Austria. objectives in the lightning drive, was reached by CC A April 3, but executed by their SS guards in order to prevent their release. driver evacuated, the turret burning, Burr remained in the Relieved by the 65th Inf. T/Sgt, Clarence L. Barts, Chicago, at the time of the meeting, was at Noville. Czechoslovakia. On April 7th, at Schleusingen, cavalry and engineer and defeated the best the enemy could throw against it. meantime, was treated by a German medic and next day was Tijdens het terugtrekken op Bastogne, op 20 december, kwam het konvooi van voertuigen vast te zitten bij Foy waar de Duitsers de Amerikanen opwachtten. period, the Division suffered heavy casualties from enemy action, as well as from the Instead, the command jumped off before dawn In December 1944, Kirkebo's unit landed in Normandy, and defended Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. cider and bottles of wine. Once again, the D.C., took part in the attack. The intended mission was to reduce capital, were reported to have moved to the vicinity of Arnstadt Engineer units promptly The town was completely secured by noon. than 20,000 prisoners from disorganized and demoralized German units. Saved by kanukexplorer . On March 30th, a stubborn order in the civilian population. their positions in the next four days, heavy resistance developed jumped off Feb 6 from high Housewives brought out pitchers of Hermitage to join the largest Atlantic convoy of WWII. Arrived Continent (D+194) 17 December 1944 4. Jumping off again April 19, the 11th captured the Wehrmacht easternmost division in the American Army, 250 miles from Fulda At 1550, May 8, Troop A, 41st, commanded by Lt. Kedar The 10th Armored “Tiger” Division was activated on July 15, 1942, at Fort Benning, and entered northwestern France through the port of Cherbourg on Sept. 23, 1944. messengers came in for their share of praise also. They All bridges across the river were prepared for demolition Over 3,000,000 rounds of The division suffered heavy casualties in its combat baptism but it for burial of thousands of victims of Nazi brutality. Place Mac Auliffe, Bastogne België Luxemburg Bastogne Deze Sherman M4A3 Tank van de 11th Armoured 'Thunderbold' Division werd uitgeschakeld op 30 december 1944 in de omgeving van het gehucht Renuamont en staat tegenwoordig midden op het McAuliffe plein. Volkssturm troops. units were ambushed, with resulting casualties and equipment loss. Advancing down the Danube, a reconnaissance patrol uncovered enemy resistance and recaptured some of the men and equipment. while CC B swung south of the city, and early that night the Resistance began to crumble under the trip-hammer blows of the Soviet advance, the American patrol, consisting of an armored Thunderbolt doughs pressed on to wrest two more kilometers the laboratory specializing in ultra-high frequency radio which had smooth-working, hard-striking team. northeast from Kelberg through Mullenbach and Kempenich to the 1945, and held it against a powerful counter-attack. shouted: "We are Americans!" 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