3rd ARMORED DIVISION - THE SPEARHEAD OF THE WEST. Official U.S. Army Division History - WWII. This hard-charging division arrived in Normandy, France 23 June 1944 and entered combat east of St. Lo within days of its arrival. The SPEARHEAD DIVISION fought its way to the Falaise Gap, then crossed the Marne River in the Mieux area. The division breached the WEST WALL fortifications in mid-Sept. '44 and met extremely stiff resistance near AACHEN where is suffered heavy tank losses. The division was continously engaged during the Battle of the Bulge, again suffering heavy losses. It crossed the Rhine in March '45 and closed the Ruhr Pocket.
This 1998 limited edition reprint of 1945 original edition done first in Germany. Unit's records is as follows. Activated: 15 April 1941. Campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe. Days of combat: 231. The 3d Armored Division landed in Normandy and entered combat 29 June 1944, taking part in the hedgerow fighting. The Division broke out at Marigny and with the 1st Infantry Division swung south to Mayenne in a general exploitation of the St. Lo break-through.
In August 1944, the Division participated in the heavy fighting involved in closing the Falaise Gap, pocketing the German Seventh Army. Six days later (25 August) the Division had cut across the Seine River, and was streaking through Meaux, Soissons, Laon, Mons, Namur, and Liege. Liege fell 8 September and Eupen on 11 September. The Division breached the Siegfried Line with the capture of Rotgen, 12 September, and continued a slow advance against heavy resistance, to the vicinity of Langerwehe.
When the Battle of the Bulge broke, the Division was shifted to Houffalize, Belgium, where it severed a vital highway leading to St. Vith, and in January participated in the reduction of the German salient west of Houffalize. After a brief rest, the Division returned to the front, crossed the Roer River- into Duren, broke out of the Duren bridgehead, and drove on to capture Koln, 6 March 45. The Division swept on to Paderborn; it was at a road junction near Paderborn that Major General Rose was killed while attempting to surrender to a German tank commander, 31 March 1945. The Division took Paderborn, assisted in mopping up the Ruhr pocket, crossed the Saale River, and after overcoming stiff resistance took Dessau, 21-23 April 1945.
Nickname: Spearhead Division. Shoulder patch: Same as 1st Armored, with number "3" in upper portion of triangle.
8.5"x11" cloth volume. 260 pages with 510 superb WWII 3rd Armored Division photographs and 53 maps.
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