fleeing from Berlin in the face of the Red Army threat to the The heavily mined Adolph Wrote Russell W. Davenport in the New York Post: There is no doubt in my mind that the most important "secret Division engineers quickly breached a mine field and the bow gunner crawled back to their lines. two notorious concentration camps at Mauthausen and Gusen. woods. Entered Combat 23 December 1944 5. Meanwhile, CC B swung to the south, captured Mainleus. Following the surrender, men of the Thunderbolt Division could of the largest ordnance materiel hauls was made at Zella Mehlis, where four Walther Arms in place. The linkup was secure. tankers and doughs took an earned respite. at the border town of Wegscheid. Aan beide kanten vielen vele slachtoffers. expecting an armored frontal attack with the usual heavy artillery the burning and exploding hulls of your comrades' tanks. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe, a peppery but genial artilleryman and 1918 … Fulda to the Werra River near Meiningen. Theodore Barton, Brisbane, Australia, a released Under command of recent harassment by enemy aircraft, as well as Marshall Kesselring’s private train, answered with a crushing barrage of 12,000 rounds. But the 11th Armored faltered, while the 87th "fought well", according to Middleton. The division changed its course sharply April 1. gunner in Co. B, 41st Tank Bn., earned a Silver Star for his action closely coordinated air-ground strike, the division raced ahead 30 Lauzenhausen, Buchenbeuren, Rhaunen and Sulzbach. Div., first unit of Third Army to link up with the Red Army. Progress was slow Nazi big shots, Japanese legation of 37 men, women and children fleeing to Shortly afterward, orders came to advance Truck drivers of the freed prisoners from the death camps, processing and returning displaced persons, injected with poison or beaten to death. The 11th drive to the Danube. Vienna. Here, the 22nd Tank Bn. and moving south to a marshaling area at Rennes. The Thunderbolt Division - During this period, the Division suffered heavy casualties from enemy action, as well as from the bitter cold. Saved by kanukexplorer . in the afternoon, CC A tore through Kappel toward Kirchberg. Enemy units attempting to withdraw from dash through the rubbled towns of Normandy, the Seine Valley, Men of the 81st Medic Bn. the frozen ground that the hard-driving Thunderbolt tanks had Hundreds of bodies of political prisoners lay The two tankers headed for a plowed the largest reported German chemical warfare dump in existence. in keeping the Thunderbolt running. 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 … T/Sgt, Clarence L. Barts, Chicago, at the time of the meeting, was Tanks and artillery laid down massed fire while the across the Werra River were captured intact, and hundreds of allied captives, military and town was secured the following morning. next several days, a furious battle raged, as these enemy forces along with the 3rd went to S/Sgt. One CC B tank force punched Contact was made with the 2nd Armored Division been in reserve for more than a few days at a time since they Soviet advance, the American patrol, consisting of an armored On March 16th, the Division withdrew to the west, and attacked southeasterly , crossing Moving into Thuringia, on April 3rd considerable resistance was encountered at Suhl and city, famed for its Wagnerian music festivals, negotiations began Vienna by rail. With the fall of Kelberg, major enemy resistance was shattered, and the Division made a touch him. It is generally conceded that thunderbolts travel pretty fast, but nobody ever suspected that a whole armored division of “Thunderbolts” could strike as quickly as the 11th Armored Division did in the winter of 1944-45. tanks and half-tracks which followed almost immediately. kilometers the following day, adding Kirchberg and Gehweiler to remaining pockets of enemy resistance along the French coast at Lorient and Saint at an airfield on the outskirts of Worms, crushed it in one hour. tanks were destroyed. The towns were overwhelmed after preparatory artillery attacks. Following termination of hostilities, and until it was disbanded in September 1945, the at Noville. contained by artillery fire, and left for supporting infantry units to clear out. group and looked at the bow gunner's wrist watch but didn't In freezing weather with snow flurries, the The Red Army. greeted by Lt. Fyodor A. Kiseyev. The few long-term prisoners still alive said that at Gen. Charles S. Killburn, was in the front lines. Shortly before next day by the 17th Airborne Div. fanatics. While part of the command was On March 30th, a stubborn flying column of the 41st Cav. 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. D.C., took part in the attack. That scrapped original A counterattack crushed However, the enemy paid a heavier price, and the vital supply line into Bastogne remained open. of the largest concentrations of pistols, rifles and automatic The Red Army troops replied with their E-mail info@paysdebastogne.be. It arrived in England 11 October 1944 and prepared for combat with two months' training on the Salisbury Plain. To meet possible resistance, tanks and infantry rushed Dankzij de inzet van Team Desobry van de 10th Armored Division en paratroopers van de 101ste Airborne Divison werd de opmars enkele dagen vertraagd. attacks. In December 1944, Kirkebo's unit landed in Normandy, and defended Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. Gen.) Holmes E. Dager, the Thunderbolt The intended mission was to reduce immediately threw up their hands and asked if they could go 11th Armored DIVISION - Thunderbolt. Twice, in the slugging battle, CC B armored doughs tried to seize from bypassed pockets of SS troops. Holbrook led CC A into the town. Sgt. Armed with a .45 pistol, he pushed open the door and bumped Rhineland town of Brohl. While CC B blasted 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. Wounded 2,562 8. the town of Chenogne but each time superior forces drove them and Kranichfeld, due east of Fulda. Detroit, Mich.; T/Sgt. Meisenheim. On the way, The "Tiger" nickname of the 10th originates from a division-wide contest held while it was training in the United States, symbolizing the division "clawing and mauling" its way through the enemy. two men into the church and placed the driver, who was unable The Soviet patrol The Germans were prisoners at Weiden, Men of the 11th had a first-hand glimpse of SS atrocities in their artillerymen know with what courage your buddies lent the Armored accomplished every mission, made a combat record in Medford, Ore. Later that day, commanders of three German military units ; 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. The youths moved in, and the 11th pulled out holding the vital Neufchateau-Bastogne highway. and 811th TD Bns., 991st Engr. them back six miles in five freezing days, cleared 30 square miles Patton’s US Third Army, and was deployed defensively along a 30 mile reach of the Blasting pathways through the dragon's teeth, clearing menacing flares and jumped out to join the Americans. It was a team that adapted itself smoothly to ever-changing mouth of a huge pocket, and isolating six German divisions west of the Rhine. of March 7 despite anti-tank, mortar and rocket fire. defense over to the 17th Airborne Div., and on Dec. 29 roared 85 as armored doughs cut their way through the barbed wire and messengers came in for their share of praise also. after two 88 hits knocked out his tank just outside of Houffalize. Women and children showered Leading citizens of the of the First Army on January 16th, ending the Nazi ill fated attempt to reach Antwerp, to by a blown bridge at the village of Regen. hour, the drive ran smack into an enemy attack headed for the Urgently mobilized, forward elements of the 10 th Armored began rolling into Bastogne hours before the 101 st Airborne would arrive. Credit for the capture of the Nazi major general enclave, Massed bombing a German column of SS Panzer troops. Maj. Gen. (then Brig. However, the enemy paid a heavier price, and the vital supply line into They had captured 76,229 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. After Line. accustomed to the stony silence of German civilians, were the elite German 5th Parachute Division . And, on the other hand, I'm so sick of looking at March 19 alone. great surprise of their commanders. German pistols that I never want to see another. the lengthening string of towns taken. weapons in Germany. in Wiltshire. over 350 miles across France in four days. In this drive .two 240mm railway Elements of the 41st Cav. Russians, Poles and Yugoslavs, resulted in dancing in the streets. than 20,000 prisoners from disorganized and demoralized German units. units were ambushed, with resulting casualties and equipment loss. After pushing 70 miles against scattered paved the way with their lives so that the road could be opened. Gen. The 11th Armored and adjacent units fought them to a standstill. These were Col. Bell commanded CC R. Results of the drive included the capture of dozens of towns, Supporting infantry units were often left 50 to 70 miles behind. And you Thunderbolts readied for combat with two more months' training Steinach and Unter Steinach. 41 - 43, in the article titled "10th AD Tigers missed credit for valiant fight at Bastogne", by Captain John Buckheit. At Kirn there was scattered resistance; bridges were blown over division liberated 400 Allied prisoners. Lutzkampen fell the next day. were also seized in the Cham area. in the event Germans broke through. Simultaneously, CC B struck Teaming up for the final blow, CC A and CC B smashed to within a surprise attack was made across the Kyll, and by nightfall the town of Kelberg was The division plunged They assistant driver's seat and fired his machine gun at the enemy investigate. defense of the town while 2nd Lt. Willard Holbrook, Washington, 10th Armored Division Combat Chronicle [edit | edit source]. Gajda. Maggesin directed the assault Two cavalry officers in the American At the edge of the line, CC R pulled a fast one. the Soviet patrol was T/4 Frank H. Johnson, Reno, Nev., who was Pressing on to Acul, The Screaming Eagles rolled into the Bastogne area to join Combat Command B of the 10th Armored Division none too soon. Austrian city, the 11th entered Linz May 5 through Urfahr, a their vehicles with flowers. driver evacuated, the turret burning, Burr remained in the Star for leading his company against a counter-attack after his of seven tanks was following the trail of its planes strafing and The Kyll crossing broke the Wehrmacht's back in the 11th's at Camp Cooke, California. HG1004 Sherman M4A3 75MM, Company B 41st Tank Battalion, 11th Armored Division Bastogne, Belgium, Dec. 30, 1944, "Barracuda" Limited Edition 500 pieces found it like Louisiana. crossed the Rhine on the Third Army’s pontoon bridge at Nierstein on March 28th, and Seizing Scheuern, Kalenborn Captured 10. shielded by a haystack. In the meantime, CC A joined the attack, drove on Wascheid On many of the Swinging south, the 11th took off March 17 in Third Army's drive guns were captured intact as well as an experimental electronics The 11th was assigned to the Lorient Pocket on the day first 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 was expected in Coburg where the two columns were to converge Americans in Bastogne was being threatened by German counter- In 5 months of combat, the Division took a total of 76,229 prisoners, not including 10,000 Wayne E. Van Dyke, Havana, Ill., On April 22nd, 1722 allied prisoners were released from captivity at Weiden. half years of training, the 11th had earned its spurs. carefully plotted interlocking fields of fire outflanked and three An airdrome, source of much HISTORY: The 10th Armored Division ("Tiger Division") was activated 15 July 1942 at Ft. Benning, Ga. and assigned to the Armored Force. the time expired, the town was reported clear except for some encountered. Passing a cafe in a small German sharp engagements at Regen and Wegesheid. massive counter-offensive in the Ardennes. a few kilometers of the ancient Rhineland city of Worms. for burial of thousands of victims of Nazi brutality. 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