8th Armored Division in World War II: In Tornado's Wake by Charles Leach. The 8th Armored Division's first major action was the drive against Moselle-Saar salient with the 94th Infantry Division on 19 January 1945. Originally published by the 8th Armored Division Association in 1956, this is the official unit history for the 8th Armored Division in World War II. Details on the unit are as follows. Activated at Fort Knox in April 1942, they deployed to Europe in Nov. 19.44. Landed in France Jan. 5th, 1945. After training at Tidworth, England, the 8th Armored Division landed in France, 5 January 1945, and assembled in the Bacqueville area of upper Normandy. In mid-January the Division raced 350 miles across France to Pont-aMousson to help stem the German drive for Strasbourg, but, finding the enemy already halted, went into training. One element, Combat Command A, took part in the Third Army drive against the MoselleSaar salient, supporting the 94th Division attack on Nennig, Berg, and Sinz, 19-28 January 1945. The Division moved to Simpelveld, Holland, and continued training during the first half of February 1945. On 19 February the Division moved to Roermond, Holland, and launched a diversionary attack, pushing the enemy north of the Heide woods and east of the Roer River. The 8th crossed the Roer, 27 February, and began its drive to the Rhine, taking Tetelrath, Oberkruchten, and Lintfort in hard fighting. After a period of rest and training in mid-March, the Division crossed the Rhine, 26 March, and attacked Dorsten, which was cleared in the face of stubborn resistance. It crossed the Lippe River and entered the battle for the Ruhr Pocket, taking Neuhaus and cleaning out the Soest sector. The Division then shifted south to Wolfenbuttel, mopping up resistance in the area, continued south to Blankenberg, clearing the Harz Mountain region. This was its last combat activity in the war. On 23 April the Division went on occupation duty in the Harz Mountain area. Nicknames: The Iron Snake; also Show Horse. Shoulder patch: Same as the 1st Armored, but with a number "8" in the upper portion of the triangle.
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