66th Armored Regiment Photography Subjects. Along the way, the 2-AD captured thousands of Italians. In Sicily, the division entered combat as a whole during the invasion on Jul 10 1943. — Army (As.) 18 Sep – Schimmert – Limburg – Netherlands In the early morning of 23 August, Leclerc's 2e DB left the south of Argentan on its march to Paris, a march which was slowed by poor road conditions, French crowds, and fierce combat near Paris. The division's creation had been discussed since the beginning of 1939, with the intent to form it by splitting the 1st Armoured Division. 258th FA Bn (155 Gun) 26 Mar 1945 – 19 Apr 1945 25 Aug – Le Neubourg (3 mi S) – Eure-et-Loire – France Jul 26, 2016 - This Pin was discovered by Fernando. Lt Col Jasper J. Wilson 24 Apr 1945 – Until the deactivation. 28 Aug 1944 – XV – First – 12th LE 6 JUIN 1944 DÉBARQUEMENT A L'AUBE LES ARMEES ALLIEES ICI ABORDA LE GENERAL LECLERC COMMANDANT … 27 Nov – Tidworth – Wiltshire – England, 1944 Soon afterward the 2-AD was sent to England, in preparation for the Allied invasion of Normandy, and remained there until Jun 1944. Adjutant General It concluded the offensive on Mar 4 as CCB took Verdingen on the Rhine. 25 Dec – Mohiville (1 mi W) – Namur – Namur Nov 14, 2017 - US Infantry 2nd Armored Division (NORMANDY 1944) in HBT camo. 14 Mar – Schiefbahn – Rhineland – Germany Scott was promoted to command the I Armored Corps in Nov of that year which put Patton, now a brigadier general, in command of the division. In Feb 1942, the 2-AD passed over to the command of Gen Willis D. Crittenberger and was relocated to Monroe, North Carolina on Jul 10, for the II Armored Corps Carolina Maneuvers then was transferred to Fort Bragg, North Carolina on Aug 15 1942. Convoys of US reinforcements from the 2nd Armored Division move towards British ports and wait to embark to reach Normandy. A Co 739th Tk Bn 27 Feb 1945 – 5 mar 1945, Cavalry On 24 August, General Leclerc sent a small advance party to enter the city, with the message that the Second Armored would be there the following day. 4 Apr 1945 – XIX – Ninth – 12th – Br 21st 29 Aug 1944 – XIX – First – 12th Elm 738th Tank Bn (Mine Exploder) 12 Jan 1945 – 17 Jan 1945 17 Nov – Ubach Palenberg (1 mi SE) – Rhineland – Germany LST loading - 8 Jun 1944; 2AD M4 being loaded into a LST, 8 Jun 1944. 14 Jan – St-Jean (Farm) – (Prov) Luxembourg – Belgium Advertisement for an EUCMH Partner in he USA. Unfortunately, one strong German counter-attack restored the US lines back to the Departure Line on Sep 19. 2nd Armored Division Omaha Beach/Normandy Photo Group. 2d Bn 116th Inf (29th Div) 8 Oct 1944 – 11 Oct 1944 [1][2] Other sources give about 2,000, official records of the 2e DB show fewer than 300 Spaniards as many hid their nationality, fearing retaliation against their families in Spain. 10 Aug – Barenton (2 Mi W) – Manche – France Maj Gen Isaac D. White 23 Mar 1945 – Until the deactivation CCB 3d Div – 26 Feb 1945 – 27 Feb 1945 Allied strategy emphasized destroying German forces retreating towards the river Rhine and considered that attack on Paris would risk destroying it, but when the French Resistance under Henri Rol-Tanguy staged an uprising in the city from 19 August, Charles de Gaulle threatened to send the division into Paris, single-handedly, to prevent the uprising being crushed as was then happening in Warsaw. The division helped reduce the Bulge in January, fighting in the Ardennes forest in deep snow, and cleared the area from Houffalize to the Ourthe River. Deactivated after the war, the 2nd Division was again activated in the 1970s and served through 1999, when it was downsized to the now 2nd Armored Brigade. After hard fighting that cost the 2nd Division 35 tanks, 6 self-propelled guns, and 111 vehicles, von Choltitz, the German military governor of Paris, capitulated at the Hôtel Meurice. Freely downloadable at the Internet Archive, where I first uploaded it. Subsequently, the 2nd Division operated with U.S. forces during the assault into the Vosges Mountains. 5 Apr – Schwobber – Hannover – Germany 65th Armd FA Bn 27 Mar 1945 – 19 Apr 1945 Combat Command B CCB attacked from Ubach Palenberg the next day, suffering heavy tank losses, and CCA reinforced. Engine change for M4 Sherman ''HURRICANE'' (USA # 3033967), H CO, 66th ARM RGT, at a repair unit near the front lines. — Corps (At.) 22 Dec 1944 – VII – First – 12th – Br 21st 20 Jan – Florze – (Prov) Liege – Belgium The division then took up defensive positions near Geilenkirchen in Germany. The division played a critical role in the battle of the Argentan-Falaise Pocket (12–21 August), the Allied breakout from Normandy, when it served as a link between American and Canadian armies and made rapid progress against German forces. 26 Jul – Notre-Dame-de-Cenilly (vic SW) – Manche – France Hostilities ended officially on May 7 1945. Military Couples Photos .. After regrouping on Apr 7, the division renewed its offensive on Apr 10 as CCB took the Oker River bridge at Schladen. Col Charles D. Pamer 18 Mar 1944 – 29 Sep 1944 Nov 14, 2017 - US Infantry 2nd Armored Division (NORMANDY 1944) in HBT camo. G Co 66th Armd Regt 113th Cav Gp – 22 Sep 1944 – 1 Oct 1944 During the Battle for Normandy, the 2nd Division lost 133 men killed, 648 wounded, and 85 missing. 702d TD Bn (SP) 11 Jun 1944 – 21 Sep 1944 On 25 August, the 2nd Armored and the U.S. 4th Division entered Paris and liberated it. 2d Armd Div Arty 113th Cav Gp – 11 Mar 1945 – 26 Mar 1945, 2-AD Assignments & Attachments to Serving as the armored exploitation force for the U.S. XV Corps, the 2nd Division forced the Saverne Gap and thrust forward boldly, unbalancing German defenses in northern Alsace and liberating Strasbourg on 23 November 1944. As the reserve force of the Western Task Force of Operation Husky (codename Sicily invasion), the division landed on Jul 10, 1943, in support of the 1-ID during the Battle of Gela. 3d Bn 66th Armd Regt 30th Div – 12 Oct 1944 – 22 Oct 1944 Explore. 2d Bn 119th Inf (30th Div) 11 Nov 1944 – 28 Nov 1944 22 Apr – Braunschweig – Forst Konigslutter – Germany. See. Discover (and save!) Headquarters Company 28 Mar – Bruckhausen – Westphalia – Germany We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. 99th Inf Bn (Non-Div) 15 Aug – 18 Sep 1944 18 Jul 1944 – VII – First – . 2-AD Casualties Killed in Action, 1102; Wounded in Action, 5331; Missing in Action, 253; Captured, 65; Battle Casualties, 6751; Non-Battle Casualties, 7116; Total Casualties, 13867. Lt Col Jesse M. Hawkins Jr 27 Apr 1944 – 9 Sep 1944 28 Dec – Leignon – Namur – Belgium 3 Aug – Percy (vic S) – Manche – France 11 Jan – Erpigny – (Prov) Luxembourg – Belgium They all but destroyed the 9th Panzer Division and defeated several other German units. 557th FA Bn (155 Gun) 30 Oct 1944 – 8 Nov 1944 The fighting in Sicily came to an end on Aug 17, with the 2-AD having sustained relatively light casualties in the brief campaign, where it had gained its first Medal of Honor of World War II, belonging to Sgt Gerry H. Kisters. 2 Mar – Heide – Rhineland – Germany The 2-AD blunted then, the German attack on Avranches, then raced across France with the rest of Patton’s 3-A, reaching the Albert Canal in Liège, Belgium, on Sep 8. Training in amphibious operations began in preparation for an amphibious landing at Sicily. 31 Aug – Beauvais (2 mi S) – Oise – France It was published in Brunswick, Germany in 1945, just after the War ended. 18 Aug – Sees (1 mi S) – Orne – France The 2nd Infantry Division is deployed in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in August 2004 in the region of Fallujah and then Ar-Ramadi, where it suffers many casualties. It was committed into action Jul 22, and rapidly drove to the outskirts of Palermo. Afterward, the division next went into action in the second landing at Licata, Sicily on Jul 21 following the 3-ID’s better-known earlier landing on Jul 10. 7 Jan – Fisenne – (Prov) Luxembourg – Belgium 1st Bn 66th Armd Regt 101st Abn Div – 16 Jun 1944 – 28 Jun 1944 They all but destroyed the 9th Panzer Division and defeated several other German units. Rank, Sergeant, 41-AIR, 2-AD. Citation Capt James M. Burt was in command of Baker Co, 66-AIR on the western outskirts of Wurselen, Germany, on Oct 13 1944, when his organization participated in a coordinated infantry-tank attack destined to isolate the large German garrison which was tenaciously defending the city of Aachen. 2d Armd Div Arty 30th Div – 7 Feb 1945 – 27 Feb 1945 27 Feb – Mersch – Rhineland – Germany [citation needed], The division's 14,454 personnel included men from the 2nd Light Division, which included escapees from metropolitan France, as well as 3,600 Moroccans and Algerians and about 350 Spanish Republicans. Maj Calvin S. Hannum 7 Oct 1944 – 10 Jan 1945 Military Police Platoon, Antiaircraft Artillery 60th CT (9th Div) 22 Dec 1944 – 23 Dec 1944 It was originally commanded by Major General Charles L. Scott, with Colonel George S. Patton, Jr. in charge of training. https://goo.gl/vHwUWj Steel Division: Normandy 44 Battlegroup Overviews! 6 Sep – Archennes (vic W) – Brabant – Belgium CCA then took Barmen and reached the Roer River on Nov 28. 48th Armored Medical Battalion Here's some more! Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 258th FA Gp 26 Feb 1945 – 5 Mar 1945 83d Armd FA Bn 4 Nov 1944 – 24 Nov 1944 7 Aug 1944 – VII – First – 12th Col John H. Collier 4 Aug 1944 – 12 Nov 1944 Entered Service, Bloomington, Indiana. LA DERNIÈRE BATAILLE DE NORMANDIE. Although the greater part of the remaining small arms fire was now directed on the captured MG position, Sgt Kisters voluntarily advanced alone toward the second MG emplacement. 3d Bn 333d Inf (84th Div) 10 Jan 1945 – 17 Jan 1945 3d Bn 120th Inf (30th Div) 9 Aug 1944 – 12 Aug 1944 Next to the monument is a Sherman tank and a long the beach many of the original bunkers, tobruks and other fortifications can be explored. " – First – ETOUSA 25 Jul – Pont Herbert (vic W) – Manche – France 1st Bn 406th Inf (102d Div) 9 Nov 1944 – 25 Nov 1944 13 Apr – Gross Ottersleben – Hannover – Germany Col Carl I. Hutton : 2 Nov 1944 – Until the deactivation. 2 Jan – Weris – (Prov) Luxembourg – Belgium Maj Eugene A. Trahan 9 Sep 1944 – 16 Dec 1944 In Apr 1943, Gen Harmon relinquished command of the division to Gen Hugh Joseph Gaffey. 1 Sep – Peronne (vic NW) – Somme – France 3 Feb – Gulpen (1 mi W) – Limburg – Netherlands 10 Apr – Soder – Hannover – Germany 3d Bn 8th Inf (4th Div) 11 Aug 1944 – 14 Aug 1944 The 41st Infantry was inactivated on 22 September 1921, at Camp Meade, Maryland. Service Company On 29 July 1944, bound for France, the division embarked at Southampton. CCB then drove to Lippstadt where it made contact with the advancing 3-AD on Apr 1. 24 Nov 1943 – . 142d Armored Signal Company In Belgium and in the Netherlands, CCA crossed the Albert Canal on Sep 13 and reached the Meuse River the next day as the German defenders withdrew. your own Pins on Pinterest They were part of the Western Task Force during Operation Torch, which landed at Casablanca in French Morocco on Nov 8, 1942. THE 116.PANZER INGAME True to its emblem, the Greyhound, the 116.Panzer is a very strong division in Phase A with, unlike most German armored division, a swarm of fast light vehicles and light tanks.. It reached Le Neubourg on Aug 23, and resumed the advance on Aug 30, reaching positions northwest of Cambrai by Sep 1. Divisional information Divisional troops Attachments Assignments Detachments Command Posts. The next pictures are labelled as St Lo and show the destruction of the major towns in the region. 78th Armored Field Artillery Battalion Rank, Captain. 18 Jul – La Mine – Calvados – France The most celebrated moment in the unit's history was the Liberation of Paris. Citation On Jul 31 1943, near Gagliano, Sicily, a detachment of 1 officer and 9 EM, including Sgt Kisters, advancing ahead of the leading elements of US troops to fill a large crater in the only available vehicle route through Gagliano, was taken under fire by 2 enemy MGs. Baker Co, 66-AIR, 2-AD. "Aspect méconnu de la composition de la 2e DB : en avril 1944, celle-ci comporte sur un effectif total de 14 490, une proportion de 25% de soldats nord-africains : 3 600", Christine Levisse-Touzé, The extraordinary ratio of casualties inflicted vs. casualties suffered that was reported by this unit is at odds with the overall relation between Allied and German casualties during the battle of Normandy that becomes apparent from the data under, There has been some confusion as to which unit actually captured Berchtesgaden, the three "contenders" being the U.S. 101st Airborne Division, the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division, and the French 2nd Armored Division. To direct artillery fire, on Oct 15, he took his tank 300 yards into the enemy lines, where he dismounted and remained for 1 hour giving accurate data to friendly gunners. 29 Dec – Mohiville (1 mi W) – Namur – Belgium, 1945 Historic raw combat footage of the US 2nd Armored Division during the Invasion of Normandy in the Summer of 1944, WWII. 7 Jun – St-Laurent-sur-Mer – Calvados – France In succeeding days he never faltered in his determination to defeat the strong German forces opposing him. Today I am happy to share some pictures that came into the collection a few months ago. 113th Cav Rcn Sq 6 Aug 1944 – 15 Aug 1944 The division was twice cited by the Belgian government and division soldiers for the next 50 years wore the fourragère of the Belgian Croix de Guerre. Operating with the U.S. 12th Armored Division, elements of the French 2nd Armored Division pursued the remnants of German Army Group G across Swabia and Bavaria, occupying the town of Bad Reichenhall on 4 May 1945. 29 Mar – Altschermbeck – Westphalia – Germany It became the 2nd Armoured Brigade in 1999. 7 Apr – Elze – Hannover – Germany The blocked vehicles were then destroyed by hand grenades, bazooka, tank, and artillery fire and large numbers of enemy personnel were wiped out by a bold and resolute bayonet charge inspired by Sgt Whittington. Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3 From June 6 until mid July the division stood in the Caumont area … CCA Commander Elements of the division were among the first US military to engage in offensive ground combat operations in the European and Mediterranean theater during World War II. Divisional information: Top: History. The 2-AD was holding positions on the Roer when it was ordered to help contain the German Ardennes offensive. 702d TD Bn (SP) 27 Feb 1945 – VE Day, Armored 65th Armd FA Bn 3 Jul 1944 – 8 Jul 1944 22 Oct 1944 – XIX – Ninth – 12th A lack of tanks delayed this until December 1939. Saved by Juho G. Halonen. Born, Hinsdale, Mass. The division fought in eastern Belgium, blunting Manteufell 5.Panzer-Army’s penetration of American lines. The division then was relieved by the 4-Cav Group on Jan 19 and withdrew for rehabilitation. 1st 2d & 3d Bns 335th Inf (84th Div) 1 Jan 1945 – 10 Jan 1945 13 Jan – Odeigne – (Prov) Luxembourg – Belgium (informations welcomed) 1st Bn 66th Armd Regt 83d Div – 28 Jun 1944 – 6 Jul 1944 The courage of this soldier and his unhesitating willingness to sacrifice his life, if necessary, served as an inspiration to the command. 21 Apr – Wolfenbuttel – Hannover – Germany 70th FA Bn (105 How) 25 Oct 1944 – 3 Nov 1944 Members of the Division received 9369 individual awards, including two Medals of Honor, twenty-three Distinguished Service Crosses, and 2302 Silver Stars as well as nearly 6000 Purple Hearts; among those receiving the Silver Star were Edward H. Brooks, Hugh Armagio, Stan Aniol, John J. Henry, William L. Giblin, Neil J. Garrison, Morton Eustis, son of William Corcoran Eustis, and Kenneth J. Sgt Kisters and the officer, unaided and in the face of intense small arms fire, advanced on the nearest MG emplacement and succeeded in capturing the gun and its crew of 4. 197th FA Bn (30th Div) (105 How) 2 Apr 1945 – 17 Apr 1945, Infantry 67th Armored Regiment Maj Robert F. Smith 7 Apr 1945 – Until the deactivation. He reorganized the defense and, under fire, courageously crawled between gun positions to check the actions of his men. The divisional badge features the, Made up of volunteers, mostly Spanish Republicans, the 9th company bore the name. 65th Armd FA Bn 5 Feb 1945 – 10 Mar 1945 696th Armd FA Bn 6 Feb 1945 – 10 Mar 1945 Number 95, Issued 10/30/1945 Wurselen, Germany, Oct 13 1944. The 2-AD alone was credited with the score of 64 German tanks and 538 other German combat vehicles destroyed during Operation Cobra while the division suffered 49 tank losses. 2nd Armored Division Trains 12 Apr – Klein Wanzleben – Hannover – Germany 3d Bn 119th Inf (30th Div) 3 Aug 1944 – 4 Aug 1944 4 Aug – Courson (vic N) – Manche – France This party, commanded by Captain Raymond Dronne, consisted of the 9th company (La Nueve)[note 1] of the 3rd Battalion of the Régiment de marche du Tchad. After forcing the Germans in the Royan Pocket to surrender on 18 April 1945, the 2nd Division crossed France again to rejoin the Allied 6th Army Group for final operations in Germany. 18 Jan 1945 – VII – First – 12th – Br 21st 2 Aug 1944 – XIX – First – 12th During combat in 1944, the division liberated Paris, defeated a Panzer brigade during the armored clashes in Lorraine, forced the Saverne Gap and liberated Strasbourg. 16 Feb 1945 – XIX – Ninth – 12th – Br 21st It crossed the German border near Sittard, Holland, on Sep 18, to take up defensive positions near Geilenkirchen, Germany. Entered Service, Lee, Mass. 908th FA Bn (83d Div) (105 How) 28 Feb 1945 – 1 Mar 1945 Combat Command A Sq B Br 1st Fife & Forfar Yeo (79-AD) 25 Dec 1944 – 18 Jan 1945 The following day, 26 August, a great victory parade took place on the Champs Élysées, which was lined with a jubilant crowd acclaiming General de Gaulle and the liberators of Paris. This Invasion of Normandy film shows the actions of the men of the 2nd Armored Division as recorded by the 165th and 166th Signal Photo Companies, during the historic operation of the Normandy landings that started on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The 2nd AD participated in Operation Cobra at the end of … 2d Bn 119th Inf (30th Div) 2 Aug 1944 – 12 Aug 1944 9 Sep – Hasselt (4 mi W) – Limbourg – Belgium 377th Inf (95th Div) 29 Mar 1945 – 2 Apr 1945 335th Inf (84th Div) 1 Jan 1945 – 11 Jan 1945 Maj Lindsay C. Herkness Jr 24 Nov 1943 – 27 Dec 1943 Saved from ww2aa.proboards.com. Brig Gen Sidney R. Hinds 21 Mar 1945 – Until the deactivation. Brig Gen John H. Collier 12 Nov 1944 – Until the deactivation. The brigade received additional aviation, engineer, military intelligence, medical, and logistics support units and was re-designated 2nd Armored Division (Forward). Oct 2, 2018 - Explore Mark's board "2nd Armored Division WWII" on Pinterest. The 2-AD landed in Normandy, on Omaha Beach on D+3, Jun 9, 1944, and operated in the Cotentin Peninsula and later formed the right flank of the Operation Cobra assault. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. The 2nd Armoured Division was a division of the British Army, which was active during the early stages of the Second World War. 2nd Armored Division History on Film. After the Sicilian campaign, the Division trained in England for the cross-Channel invasion, landed in Normandy D plus 3, 9 June 1944, and went into action in the vicinity of Carentan; ; the Division raced across France in July and August, drove through Belgium and attacked across the Albert Canal 13 September 1944, crossing the German border at Schimmert, 18 September to take up defensive positions near Geilenkirchen. 2 Sep – Rumes – Hainaut – Belgium Diese und andere Aufzeichnungen auf Back to Normandy wurde vom Hauptquartier des Europäischen Operationssaals, Kingdom Station List, zusammengestellt und vom … Col Clayton J. Mansfield 29 Sep 1944 – 30 Dec 1944 Col Gustavus W. West 30 Dec 1944 – Until the deactivation. The 2nd Armored Division was formed at Fort Benning, Georgia on Jul 15, 1940, by reorganizing and redesignating the Provisional Tank Brigade composed of the 66th Infantry Regiment (Light Tanks), the 67th Infantry Regiment (Medium Tanks), and the 68th Infantry Regiment (Light Tanks)). 65th Armd FA Bn 5 Oct 1944 – 21 Dec 1944 195th AAA AW Bn (SP) : 11 Jun 1944 – till VE Day Artillery Commander This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. 1st Bn 405th Inf (102d Div) 3 Nov 1944 – 6 Nov 1944 Art. 24th Cav Rcn Sq 25 Jul 1944 – 28 Jul 1944 4 Apr – Lemgo – Westphalia – Germany Despite the wounds, he continued to advance on the enemy and captured the second MG after killing 3 of its crew and forcing the fourth member to flee. Maj Gen Hugh J. Gaffey 24 Nov 1943 – 18 Mar 1944 The division cleared Humain against strong opposition and then was relieved in the Havelange area by the 83-ID, regrouping on Dec 28. 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