5th Armored Division
The 5th Armored Division was activated on 10 October 1941, was organized, equipped and trained until they sailed for Great Britain in February 1944 to participate in World War II.
On 24 July the Division landed on Utah Beach and was thrust into combat on 2nd August where they drove through Coutances, Avranches and Vitre and Le Mans. The 5th then turned north moving to Argentan before the closing of the Argentan-Falaise Gap.
The 5th then moved to Dreux, and passed through Paris on 30 August, continuing across the Aisne and Somme Rivers to reach the Belgian Border. Moving rapidly east they crossed the Meuse and by 14 September had breached the Siegfried Line. Entering the Hurtgen Forest in November the Division pushed to the Roer River.
They crossed the Roer at the end of February 1945 and drove to the Rhine crossing it on 30 March at Wesel. In April they were at the Elbe not far from Berlin where they defeated a number of German units when the war for the 5th Armored Division ended on VE-Day.
5th Armored Division in Western Europe
5th Armored Division Films
5th Armored Division
Liberation of Western Europe Series
May 1944 - November 1944
Combat Command A
Combat Command B
Combat Command R
10th Tank Bn
34th Tank Bn
81st Tank Bn
15th Armored Infantry Bn
46th Armored Infantry Bn
47th Armored Infantry Bn
85th Cavalry Rcn Sq (Mechanized)
22d Armored Engineer Bn
145th Armored Signal Co
5th Armored Division Artillery
47th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
71st Armored Field Artillery Battalion
95th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
5th Armored Division Trains
127th Ordnance Maintenance Battalion
75th Armored Medical Battalion
Military Police Platoon
Commanders Maj Gen Lunsford E. Oliver, Division CO.
BG Eugene A. Regnier, CO, CCA
Col. John Tuppper Cole, CO, CCB
Col. Glen Henry Anderson, CO, CCR
Col. Douglas J. Page, CO, Div. Arty.
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