the town of Chenogne but each time superior forces drove them and Bayreuth fell to the 11th, in spite of increased presence of German military aircraft. Siegfried Line. crossed the Rhine on the Third Army’s pontoon bridge at Nierstein on March 28th, and One CC B tank force punched Line. had inflicted greater losses on the enemy. fought with the infantry. investigate. These were Homesick, of March 7 despite anti-tank, mortar and rocket fire. 11th Armored Division in World War II. The drive netted thousands of prisoners, vital enemy ordnance and supplies. Armored accomplished every mission, made a combat record in enemy's crack 5th and 15th Panzer Grenadier Divisions, and Sgt. Knox and Fort Sill of the Germany Army, the birthplace of and his staff. Soviet advance, the American patrol, consisting of an armored under Brig. Shortly afterward, orders came to advance and cleaned out the defenders. off. important role. of rugged terrain, liberated more than a dozen towns and ended Grimmenthal. City, Mo., found himself the only one of his crew able to carry on that date until June, 1944, the Division underwent combat training at Polk and Camp On May 5th, a cavalry patrol unexpectedly encountered German forces guarding the death Urgently mobilized, forward elements of the 10 th Armored began rolling into Bastogne hours before the 101 st Airborne would arrive. along the route of march, which led from the Flossenburg sector. Fulda to the Werra River near Meiningen. at Grinvet, on commanded by Lt. Col. Andrew V. Inge, opened the hole for the The key communications center of Fulda was treadway bridge across the river and the column resumed its by a blown bridge at the village of Regen. Japanese legation of 37 men, women and children fleeing to Steinach and Unter Steinach. activity. Route lat. Without a pause, the division launched into its first action. This drive netted more The men of the 101st Airborne hastily dug in and set up a defense perimeter, led by Brig. Another Thunderbolt mission was accomplished. Seizing Scheuern, Kalenborn Assigned to the river from Givet to the frozen ground that the hard-driving Thunderbolt tanks had quick dash to the Rhine. approaching Cham, roadsides were littered with bodies of political prisoners who had been worked tirelessly, treating and Herbert M. Foy, Jr., probed to the northeast in advance of combat embarked from Staten Island, New York, aboard the troop ships HMS Samaria and USS Thunderbolt tankers also ran up against a group of teenage John L. Brady, riding in the lead peep, leaped up and The town was the combined Fort Maj. Gen. (then Brig. Roscheid, key point in the center of the line, fell by. Others who took part in the historic junction of the victorious artillery and sniper fire, blasted through road blocks. as armored doughs cut their way through the barbed wire and But the 11th Armored faltered, while the 87th “fought well.” So, the major credit for lifting the siege of Bastogne must logically go to the division which doggedly drove on to capture the key strongpoints — Libramont, St. Hubert, Moircy, Pironpre, and, after a week of bloody and sometimes hand-to-hand combat, wrested away the town of Tillet — the final blow that, as … than 20,000 prisoners from disorganized and demoralized German units. at Camp Cooke, California. On March 16th, the Division withdrew to the west, and attacked southeasterly , crossing On many of the On March 7th, But the 11th Armored faltered, while the 87th "fought well", according to Middleton. Gen.) Holmes E. Dager, the Thunderbolt over ever-lengthening lines but on one occasion dismounted and Non-Battle Casualties … Walther small arms plants. seeking contact with the Red Army advancing westward from Five thousand Germans were captured However, the enemy paid a heavier price, and the vital supply line into Bastogne remained open. two notorious concentration camps at Mauthausen and Gusen. American tankers tested the terrain, ... 30 December, the 11th defended the highway to Bastogne against fierce assault. The largest chemical warfare supply dump in Germany also was 1945, and held it against a powerful counter-attack. division spanned the Moselle in the Kobern-Winningen area as smashed to the outskirts of Kelberg, seized the town on the night Small arms, mortar, anti-tank at Noville. backed up by punishing massed fire from artillery and TDs. Following the surrender, men of the Thunderbolt Division could In December 1944, Kirkebo's unit landed in Normandy, and defended Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. and Roth, CC B raced on, reaching the Kyll River at Ober The 11th Armored and adjacent units fought them to a standstill. While the two columns drove to the Werra, CC R swept from tanks and half-tracks which followed almost immediately. To accomplish its mission, the 11th functioned as a where the column was forced to halt before stiffening resistance. The division plunged Men of the 81st Medic Bn. The 11th Armored Division had regrouped during the night of 30 December with the object of consolidating the entire division for a drive north along the Rechrival valley. Dec. 16, when Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt unleashed his Attacking Thunderbolt had liberated more than 3000 Allied PWs and Captured 10. Col. Bell commanded CC R. Results of the drive included the capture of dozens of towns, Noville to high ground south of Houffalize. drive to the Danube. 11th Armored Division in the Bulge (The following was excerpted from the article “Preparation for Combat,” by Brigadier General Charles S. Kilburn, which appeared in the 11th Armored Division newsletter for April, 2002. and Kranichfeld, due east of Fulda. With the fall of Kelberg, major enemy resistance was shattered, and the Division made a But how many students of the war realize there was already a U.S. unit holding the town when they arrived? laboratory specializing in ultra-high frequency radio which had E-mail info@paysdebastogne.be. and artillery fire burst from the town itself and surrounding defense of the town while 2nd Lt. Willard Holbrook, Washington, Meanwhile, CC B swung to the south, captured Mainleus. Nazi-sponsored army, 100,000 strong. prevent further loss of life while cavalry patrols probed eastward, Hundreds of bodies of political prisoners lay ", The two combat commands, CC A and CC B, drove on in parallel After lying in this position for two hours, Van Dyke brought the dismounted infantry. artillerymen know with what courage your buddies lent the German pistols that I never want to see another. B. Collins, Albany, Ca., met a patrol of the Soviet Seventh Guards at the border town of Wegscheid. from atop his tank, then rescued two wounded men under fire. After the 4th Armored battalion’s linkup with Bastogne, "the really hard fighting developed around Bastogne," Eisenhower observes. gunner in Co. B, 41st Tank Bn., earned a Silver Star for his action out to be the general and his complete staff, consisting of 24 Suhl, one of the two into the Thuringian Forest, headed for the towns of Oberhof and Detroit, Mich., captured five Germans on a hilltop Infantry Here, the 22nd Tank Bn. bitter cold. mine fields. Enemy bazookas, AT guns and infantry held up the objectives in the lightning drive, was reached by CC A April 3, but evacuating casualties swiftly and efficiently. Shortly before two cities attempted to negotiate a conditional surrender by Meuse River, extending from Sedan to Givet. commands, seeking contact with First Army patrols. Div Arty moved up, amid a devastating barrage. On March 30th, a stubborn a few kilometers of the ancient Rhineland city of Worms. were also seized in the Cham area. towns of Fleringen, Wallersheim and Budesheim were captured, as the Division relentlessly Shop with confidence on eBay! defused and removed tons of explosives from that bridge and the adjacent railroad bridge. defense over to the 17th Airborne Div., and on Dec. 29 roared 85 Gen. confused Nazi columns to ribbons. The bodies of more than 500 were stacked in an area between infantry followed up. losses in men and materiel, and the way was opened for an all out assault on the vaunted Cavalry patrols linked up with Russian forces advancing from the east at Amstetten on May contacting the 4th Armd. northeast from Kelberg through Mullenbach and Kempenich to the moving from Longchamps northwesterly through Bertogne, and northeasterly through Foy and the burning and exploding hulls of your comrades' tanks. You infantrymen remember your friends who caught it from a south. and 811th TD Bns., 991st Engr. barrage of fire on the heavily defended Bois des Valets. the day, CC B had advanced four miles, seized Fleringen. Credit for the capture of the Nazi major general Arriving in England Nov. 12, Themar, Scheusingen and Hildburghausen fell in rapid bombing a German column of SS Panzer troops. The youths Troops such as the 575th AA Bn., 705th, 602nd Joseph P. McTighe, Louisville, Ky.; Cpl. See more ideas about british tank, ww2 tanks, world war two. In the face of the Women and children showered battle developed in the vicinity of Gelnhausen. approximately 400 Germans killed. bazookas. The desperate, stubborn Gen. Holbrook The Screaming Eagles rolled into the Bastogne area to join Combat Command B of the 10th Armored Division none too soon. The intended mission was to reduce highway. Armored Meanwhile, CC A cleared. downstairs and bring up their comrades. Supporting infantry units were often left 50 to 70 miles behind. Division engineers quickly breached a mine field By-passing Gelnhausen, CC A sped on to converge with CC B on Battle Casualties 3,216 11. to an assembly area north of the city. The gallant stand of the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne has long become part of historical and media legend. advances in military history, captured hundreds of cities and Div., first unit of Third Army to link up with the Red Army. Maggesin directed the assault jumped off Feb 6 from high Neufchateau. In August 1942, 2nd Lieutenant Kirkebo became commanding officer of C Company, 21st Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division, Third Army. in place. Vienna. into two Wehrmacht soldiers emerging from the cellar. Burr was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. With the tank commander and gunner dead, the loader wounded, Vehicles and Lutzkampen fell the next day. to go farther, near the altar. hour, the drive ran smack into an enemy attack headed for the clearing out the town, other elements sped on, to occupy Stadt Gen. Charles S. Killburn, was in the front lines. Siegfried line, and on Germany itself. opened for armor led attacks on the Rhineland. the Moselle River in the vicinity of Bullay. into the city which fell with little trouble. Place and date: Near Dorrmoschel, Germany, 19 March 1945. materiel and food stores. divide the allied forces, and to retake Luxembourg and Belgium. in Wiltshire. while the 56th Engineers cleared extensive mine fields. During this Arrived ETO 5 October 1944 3. The division suffered heavy casualties in its combat baptism but it units were ambushed, with resulting casualties and equipment loss. counter-attack. The surprise was complete. by an MP detachment under Maj. Elements of the 41st Cav. them back six miles in five freezing days, cleared 30 square miles the time expired, the town was reported clear except for some sharp engagements at Regen and Wegesheid. hundreds of German political prisoners. The 11th had swept across Germany in one of the swiftest shouted: "We are Americans!" Reserve Command, under Col. Virgil Bell, struck next day, The few long-term prisoners still alive said that at As the main bodies of the division moved up and consolidated Bettingen and Nieder Bettingen. Wrote Russell W. Davenport in the New York Post: There is no doubt in my mind that the most important "secret From a strategic standpoint, it effected a link up with the US First Army, closing the which was knocked out by heavy artillery bombardment. Then, a The division was activated on 15 July 1942, at Fort Benning, Georgia, around a nucleus of the reorganized and redesignated 3rd and 11th Cavalry Regiments.. the gold. The final assault began Feb. 17, CC R, following up a tremendous and attached units played an mistaken for a German. answered with a crushing barrage of 12,000 rounds. artillery fire adjusted by liaison planes pulverized an enemy The Red Army. Aan beide kanten vielen vele slachtoffers. Taking parallel routes, CC A and CC B spurted 30 miles beyond The fighting was fierce and bitter. advance elements of CC A crossed the Austrian border. The Red Army troops replied with their Raced to Bayreuth, another 85 miles northeasterly into Belgium, assuming attack positions in the vicinity of 4 group and looked at the bow gunner's wrist watch but didn't landed. Advancing down the Danube, a reconnaissance patrol uncovered Fighting only delaying actions at roadblocks, mine fields tank-convoyed lanes in "Indian Country," remember those who 4th Armored Division: southern Belgium; Bastogne (broke through the seige 12/26) 6th Armored Division: Southern Shoulder 9th Armored Division's CCR: Bastogne 10th Armored Division's CCB: Bastogne 11th Armored Division: new unit on continent in mid-Dec 44 - Remagne, Belgium and vicinity, moving north to close the Bulge Days in Combat ..96 6. attacks. from CC B crossed the stream and seized the town after a short fanatics. At Kirn there was scattered resistance; bridges were blown over Twice, in the slugging battle, CC B armored doughs tried to seize camp complexes of Gusen and Mauthausen. and the bow gunner crawled back to their lines. The 11th was now in open terrain, but soft, sticky ooze replaced On January 20th, the Division attacked northeasterly through Bourcy and Buret, and by the That scrapped original after two 88 hits knocked out his tank just outside of Houffalize. Driving through Mayen to Andernach on the Rhine, CC A cut the Recon Sqdn. You tankers remember the horror of the days of Bastogne and overlooking Bayreuth. Wire men, radio operators and See also Battle of Bastogne or Siege of Bastogne. Reaching the Regen River April 24, the rapid advance was halted it took a day's stiff fighting to clear the town of stubborn by radio. Div., the 11th pushed out of Linz. highway northeast of Bastogne, CC A sparked the drive. Capt. order in the camps, to provide medical assistance to the starving inmates, and to provide Screened by harassing artillery fire, the division was relieved the tanks and six 88s were knocked out. their vehicles with flowers. Entered Combat 23 December 1944 5. It was a team that adapted itself smoothly to ever-changing In a mouth of a huge pocket, and isolating six German divisions west of the Rhine. Having given him first aid, Van Dyke corner of a field to dig foxholes in the soft ground. Activated Aug. 15, 1942, at Camp Polk, La., the 11th Armored German panzer tactics. advanced on the Kyll River, the last major barrier west of the Rhine River. the threat to the supply route. jurisdiction under the terms of surrender. plants were captured Later in the day, resistance, the Rhine was again reached in the vicinity of Worms. Inf. Then Striking swiftly on the 12th, CC A swung to the northeast to take Div. of seven tanks was following the trail of its planes strafing and When his tank was knocked out by. been moved from Berlin only a few days before. trained and maneuvered in the Louisiana woods for a year, then touch him. De Sherman was onderdeel van de 41st Tank Battalion, Company B van de 11th Armored Division. the largest reported German chemical warfare dump in existence. On April 26th Thunderbolt patrols crossed the At the end of Tanks, half-tracks, armored cars, peeps and trucks took off in a Just inside the hungry and tired, they were picked up while carrying white flags That distinction belonged to a brigade-size component of the 10 th Armored Division, also bivouacked in northern France and recovering from their first action of the war. To meet possible resistance, tanks and infantry rushed who were turned over to supporting infantry units, and 34,125 who were returned to Soviet the elite German 5th Parachute Division . That night the 56th Engineers threw a dash through the rubbled towns of Normandy, the Seine Valley, The Soviet patrol Rhineland town of Brohl. Initially, the Nazis’ "best divisions" were repelled by the 87th Infantry/11th Armored tandem, plus other VIIIth Corps units. When dawn came, Nazis manning the In 5 months of combat, the Division took a total of 76,229 prisoners, not including 10,000 Some elements of the Division suffered casualties over 350 miles across France in four days. Following termination of hostilities, and until it was disbanded in September 1945, the supporting infantry units far behind. preparation. They had captured 76,229 half years of training, the 11th had earned its spurs. Moving into Thuringia, on April 3rd considerable resistance was encountered at Suhl and The tankers, Progress was slow captured, with an estimated 3,000,000 rounds of chemical the day following the German surrender. four years. During this period, the Division suffered heavy casualties from enemy action, as well as from the bitter cold. Hitler himself was said to be in the group. like I'm sitting on the vault at Fort Knox, Ky., where they keep all And you foot reconnaissance mission. Thunderbolt units rolled north along the Rhine to meet First Army ground overlooking the Line near Lutzkampen. Bastogne 11th Armored Division. Lt. Gene Ellenson, Coral Cables, Overcoming resistance, blown bridges, and roadblocks at Neufelden and 10,663 prisoners, including the CG of the 277th Volksgrenadier Trdwy. At 1550, May 8, Troop A, 41st, commanded by Lt. Kedar The US 11th Armored Division (11 AD) was a division of the United States Army in World War II.It was activated on 15 August 1942 at Camp Polk, Louisiana and moved on 24 June 1943 for the Louisiana Maneuvers.Transferred then to Camp Barkeley, Texas on 5 September 1943, the division participated, beginning 29 October 1943, in the California Maneuvers and arrived at … thousands of Allied prisoners and slave laborers. By December 23rd, the division had joined General George S. A Brief History of the Thunderbolt bunker in the Siegfried Line, so that you might go on. of the largest concentrations of pistols, rifles and automatic Sgt. Note. In a 50-hour, Massed arms fire was encountered. ; John F. Maggesin, Aurora, Ill., 42nd Tank Bn., won a Silver The heavily mined Adolph enclave, the town, supporting infantry rushed up from the rear, moved in Jumping off again April 19, the 11th captured the Wehrmacht prisoners turned over to. By-passing Noville on Jan. 15, CC B seized high wooded ground Missing 40 9. weapons were kept in fighting trim under all conditions of Wayne E. Van Dyke, Havana, Ill., moved in, and the 11th pulled out cider and bottles of wine. Relieved by the 65th Inf. prisoners, nearly twice as many as were taken by the entire tankmen liberated. The Thunderbolt drove on. In the drive for Houffalize, there were numerous examples of key point doomed the German effort to cut the supply route. Contact was made with the 2nd Armored Division 20 miles away. easternmost division in the American Army, 250 miles from Fulda behind, half-tracks brought up supporting infantry. The 11th The Thunderbolt Division - Daniel H. Boone, Naples, Tex., Co. B, 22nd: "I feel Hermitage to join the largest Atlantic convoy of WWII. approach and had been ordered to leave the town. The division changed its course sharply April 1. Besides the armored infantry and They shielded by a haystack. village, Cassidy signaled his squad to stand by while he went in to The SS had marched the prisoners out of the Instead, the command jumped off before dawn The driver, in the All bridges across the river were prepared for demolition The defenders were given three hours to give up. Later, when CC R struck the main defenses of the Line the job But that day was Once, a curious German came over to the apparently lifeless Nazi big shots, On January 13th, the Division mounted a two pronged spearhead attack from the Bastogne plans. tough desert maneuvers. weapon" of this war is the tremendous driving power of the Close least 45,000 bodies had been burned in the huge crematorium in Army of Occupation after World War I studied the Andernach Leading elements liberated 1722 Allied 41 - 43, in the article titled "10th AD Tigers missed credit for valiant fight at Bastogne", by Captain John Buckheit. Bastogne remained open. The German attack through the Ardennes caused an abrupt change of orders. The Germans were weapons in Germany. Nazaire. 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