4th Armored Division
The 4th Armored Division, after training in England from January to July 1944, landed at Utah Beach 11 July and entered World War II combat 17 July.
The Division participated in Operation Cobra, the Normandy Breakout. They secured Coutances, Nantes and then turned east driving across France. September had them crossing the Moselle River and in the vicinity of Nancy. They maintained a defensive posture and line from Chambrey to Henamenil into October. They returned to the line in November near Viviers and crossed the Saar River on the 21st and 22nd.
After the Germans launched their Ardennes Offensive, the 4th AD raced northwest to Belgium. Units of the 4th AD were the first Allies to reach the 101st AB at Bastogne. Following the Battle of the Bulge, the Allies went on the offensive and the 4th moved east crossing the Moselle and then the Rhine in late March and on to the capture of Lauterbach.
By 12 April the Division had crossed the Saale River and continued their advance into Czechoslovakia where World War II for the 4th Armored Division ended on 6 May 1945, Victory in Europe Day.
Nickname: Name Enough
4th US Armored Division in Normandy
4th Armored Division Films
4th Armored Division
Invasion of Normandy Series
July 1944 - August 1944
WWII Subordinate Units
Combat Command A
Combat Command B
8th Tank Bn
35th Tank Bn
37th Tank Bn
10th Armored Infantry Bn
51st Armored Infantry Bn
53d Armored Infantry Bn
25th Cavalry Rcn Sq (Mechanized)
24th Armored Engineer Bn
144th Armored Signal Co
22d Armored Field Artillery Battalion
66th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
94th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
4th Armored Division Trains
126th Ordnance Maintenance Battalion
4th Armored Medical Battlion
Military Police Platoon
Commanders Maj Gen John Wood
Maj Gen Hugh J Gaffey
Col Walter A Bigby
Brig Gen Holmes E Dager
Brig Gen William H Hoge
Maj Gen William H Hoge
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