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, 6-AD – OOB – 1944-1945, EUCMH Knowledge Base, 6-AD – OOB – 1944-1945, EUCMH Knowledge BaseThe 6th Armored Division was activated on February 15 1942 at Fort Knox, Kentucky and was moved to Camp Chaffee, Arkansas on March 15 to participate on August 25 to the VIII Corps Louisiana Maneuvers.

After this staging, the 6-AD returned to Camp Chaffee on September 21 and moved to Camp Young, California on October 10 to the Desert Training Center to participate in the #1 California Maneuvers. On March 20 1943, the Division arrived at Camp Cooke, California then moved and and staged at Camp Shanks, New York, until February 3 1944 and it’s departure from the New York POE on February 11. The 6-AD arrived in England the February 23 and landed in France, on Utah Beach, on July 19. The division crossed into Luxembourg on December 29, into Belgium on December 30 and returned to France on March 12 1945. The division entered finally Germany on March 20 1945, staged in Germany and returned to New York POE on September 18 1945. It was inactivated at the same date at Camp Shanks New York.

, 6-AD – OOB – 1944-1945, EUCMH Knowledge BaseCasualties

Killed in Action : 1169 , 6-AD – OOB – 1944-1945, EUCMH Knowledge Base
Wounded in Action : 4198
Missing in Action : 152
Captured : 7
Battle Casualties : 5526
Non-Battle Casualties : 7290
Total Casualties : 12816



Maj Gen William H. H. Morris Jr : Feb 1942 – May 1943 , 6-AD – OOB – 1944-1945, EUCMH Knowledge Base
Maj Gen Robert W. Grow : May 1943 – Jul 1945
Brig Gen George W. Read Jr : Jul 1945

Assistant Division Commander
Brig Gen George W. Read Jr – 24 Feb 1945

Division Artillery Commander
Col Lowell M. Riley – 22 Feb 1944
Lt Col William R. Jesse – 16 Jul 1944
Col Lowell M. Riley – 14 Sep 1944

Chief of Staff
Col Glen C. McBride – 22 Feb 1944

Assistant Chief of Staff – G-1
Lt Col James S. Moncrief Jr – 22 Feb 1944

>Assistant Chief of Staff – G-2
Maj Ernest W. Mitchell Jr – 22 Feb 1944
Lt Col Ernest W. Mitchell Jr – 1 May 1945

Assistant Chief of Staff – G-3
Lt Col Michael J. Galvin – 22 Feb 1944

Assistant Chief of Staff – G-4
Lt Col James C. Boggs – 22 Feb 1944

Assistant Chief of Staff – G-5
Maj Walter C. Bowman – 12 May 1944
Capt Royce S. Weisenberger – 27 Jul 1944
Maj Royce S. Weisenberger – 1 Nov 1944

Adjutant General
Maj George W. Moore Jr – 22 Feb 1944 , 6-AD – OOB – 1944-1945, EUCMH Knowledge Base
Lt Col George W. Moore Jr – 1 May 1944

CCA Commander
Brig Gen James Taylor – 22 Feb 1944
Col Harry F. Hanson – 30 Aug 1944
Col John L. Hines Jr – 8 Nov 1944
Col Albert E. Harris – 25 Mar 1945

CCB Commander
Col George W. Read Jr – 22 Feb 1944
Col Harry F. Manson – 24 Feb 1945
Lt Col Embry D. Lagrew – 18 Apr 1945

CCR Commander
Col Harry F. Hanson – 22 Feb 1944
Lt Col Albert E. Harris – 30 Aug 1944
Col Albert E. Harris – 27 Jan 1945
Lt Col Embry D. Lagrew – 25 Mar 1945
Lt Col Ralph H. McKee – 18 Apr 1945

Order of Battle 1944

Hq & Hq Company 6th Armored Division
Combar Command R
Combat Command A
Combat Command B , 6-AD – OOB – 1944-1945, EUCMH Knowledge Base
15th Tank Bn
68th Tank Bn
69th Tank Bn
9th Armored Infantry Bn
44th Armored Infantry Bn
50th Armored Infantry Bn
86th Cavalry Rcn Sq (Mecz)
25th Armored Engineer Bn
146th Armored Signal Co
6th Armored Division Artillery
128th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
212th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
231st Armored Field Artillery Battalion
6th Armored Division Trains
128th Ordnance Maintenance Battalion
76th Armored Medical Battalion
Military Police Platoon
Band

Units Attached to the 6th Armored Division
Antiaircraft Artillery
777th AAA AW Bn (SP) – 22 Jul 44 – 29 Jun 45

Armored
737th Tk Bn – 22 Nov 44 – 3 Dec 44
11th Armd Gp – 19 Apr 45 – 9 May 45

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6th Cav Gp – 21 Dec 44 – 24 Dec 44
6th Cav Rcn Sq – 21 Dec 44 – 24 Dec 44
Tr E 28th Cav Rcn Sq – 21 Dec 44 – 24 Dec 44
5th Ranger Inf Bn – 21 Dec 44 – 24 Dec 44
Co B 295th Engr C Bn – 21 Dec 44 – 24 Dec 44
Co C 602d TD Bn (SP) – 21 Dec 44 – 24 Dec 44
41st Cav Rcn Sq (11-AD) – 11 Feb 45 – 21 Feb 45

Chemical
A Co, 86th Cml Mort Bn – 6 Oct 44 – 10 Oct 44
B Co, 3d Cml Mort Bn – 6 Jan 45 – 26 Jan 45
C Co, 3d Cml Mort Bn – 26 Jan 45 – 4 Feb 45
161st Cml SG Co – 9 Feb 45 – 24 Feb 45
C Co, 81st Cml Mort Bn – 30 Mar 45 – 4 Apr 45

Engineer
284th Engr C Bn – 9 Feb 45 – 15 Feb 45
184th Engr C Bn – 9 Feb 45 – 15 Feb 45
1252d Engr C Bn – 9 Feb 45 – 24 Feb 45

Field Artillery
Btry C 965-FAB (155-MM How) – 29 Jul 44 – 31 Jul 44
83-AFAB – 31 Jul 44 – 21 Aug 44
174-AFAB – 31 Jul 44 – 21 Aug 44
969-FAB (155-MM How) – 15 Aug 44 – 19 Aug 44
45-FAB (8-ID) (105-MM How) – 18 Aug 44 – 21 Aug 44
28-FAB (8-ID) (155-MM How) – 18 Aug 44 – 21 Aug 44
161-FAB (35-ID) (105-MM How) – 22 Nov 44 – 30 Nov 44
696-FAB – 16 Dec 44 – 23 Dec 44
193-FAG – 29 Dec 44 – 27 Jan 45
177-FAB (155-MM How) – 29 Dec 44 – 27 Jan 45
253-AFAB – 29 Dec 44 – 27 Jan 45 , 6-AD – OOB – 1944-1945, EUCMH Knowledge Base
696-AFAB – 29 Dec 44 – 27 Jan 45
776-FAB (155-MM How) – 29 Dec 44 – 27 Jan 45
216-FAB (35-ID) (105-MM How) – 13 Jan 45 – 18 Jan 45
161-FAB (35-ID) (105-MM How) – 20 Jan 45 – 1 Feb 45
208-FAG – 19 Mar 45 – 23 Mar 45
991-FAB (155-MM Gun) – 19 Mar 45 – 23 Mar 45
995-FAB (8″ Inch How) – 19 Mar 45 – 23 Mar 45
869-FAB (65-ID) (105-MM How) – 30 Mar 45 – 4 Apr 45
191-FAB (155-MM How) – 18 Apr 45 – 27 Apr 45

Infantry
1/28-IR (8-ID) – 8 Aug 44 – 18 Aug 44
28-IR (8-ID) – 18 Aug 44 – 21 Aug 44
1/134-IR (35-ID) – 23 Sep 44 – 26 Sep 44
134-IR (35-ID) – 22 Nov 44 – 27 Nov 44
5-RIB (Ranger) – 24 Dec 44 – 25 Dec 44
320-IR (less 1st Bn) (35-ID) – 10 Jan 45 – 18 Jan 45
1/134-IR (35-ID) – 15 Jan 45 – 1 Feb 45
134-IR (less 1st Bn) (35-ID) – 18 Jan 45 – 1 Feb 45
318-IR (80-ID) – 30 Mar 45 – 1 Apr 45
261-RCT (65-ID) – 30 Mar 45 – 4 Apr 45
65-CRS (65-ID) – 30 Mar 45 – 4 Apr 45
1st Plat, C Co, 265-ECB (65-ID) – 30 Mar 45 – 4 Apr 45
D Btry, 546-AAA-AW-B (Mbl) – 30 Mar 45 – 4 Apr 45
3/304-IR (76-ID) – 7 Apr 45 – 8 Apr 45

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Tank Destroyer
603-TDB (SP) – 29 Jun 45
691-TDB (T) – 15 Dec 44 – 23 Dec 44
A-691-TDB (T) – 30 Mar 45 – 4 Apr 45

6th Armored Division Units attached to
Armored
CCA to VIII Corps – 18 Aug 44 – 21 Aug 44
A-68-TB to VIII Corps – 18 Aug 44 – 21 Aug 44
50-AIB to VIII Corps – 18 Aug 44 – 21 Aug 44
A & E 86-CRS to VIII Corps – 18 Aug 44 – 21 Aug 44
B-25-AEB to VIII Corps – 18 Aug 44 – 21 Aug 44
CCB to XII Corps – 17 Sep 44 – 20 Sep 44
69-TB to XII Corps – 17 Sep 44 – 20 Sep 44
44-AIB to XII Corps – 17 Sep 44 – 20 Sep 44
B-86-CRS to XII Corps – 17 Sep 44 – 20 Sep 44
C-25-AEB to XII Corps – 17 Sep 44 – 20 Sep 44
CCB to 35-ID – 21 Sep 44 – 23 Sep 44
69-TB to 35-ID – 21 Sep 44 – 23 Sep 44
44-AIB to 35-ID – 21 Sep 44 – 23 Sep 44
B-86-CRS to 35-ID – 21 Sep 44 – 23 Sep 44
C-25-AEB to 35-ID – 21 Sep 44 – 23 Sep 44
CCR to XX Corps – 23 Sep 44 – 29 Sep 44
68-TB to (-) XX Corps – 23 Sep 44 – 29 Sep 44
9-AIB to XX Corps – 23 Sep 44 – 29 Sep 44
C-15-TB to 17-A/B – 31 Jan 45 – 7 Feb 45
CCA to 63-ID – 19 Mar 45 – 20 Mar 45
15-TB to 63-ID – 19 Mar 45 – 20 Mar 45
9-AIB to 63-ID – 19 Mar 45 – 20 Mar 45
A-86-CRS to 63-ID – 19 Mar 45 – 20 Mar 45
B 25-AEB – 63-ID – 19 Mar 45 – 20 Mar 45
Task Force LaGrew to 76-ID – 8 Apr 45 – 9 Apr 45

Cavalry
A & E 86-CRS to 29-ID – 21 Aug 44 – 10 Sep 44
F 86-CRS to 94-ID – 16 Sep 44 – 14 Oct 44

Field Artillery
212-AFAB to XII Corps – 17 Sep 44 – 20 Sep 44
212-AFAB to 35-ID – 21 Sep 44 – 23 Sep 44 , 6-AD – OOB – 1944-1945, EUCMH Knowledge Base
128-AFAB to XX Corps – 23 Sep 44 – 29 Sep 44
6-AD Arty to 3-ID – 14 Mar 45 – 18 Mar 45

Infantry
50-RCT to VIII Corps – 21 Aug 44 – 10 Sep 44
A-68-TB to VIII Corps – 21 Aug 44 – 10 Sep 44
50-AIB to VIII Corps – 21 Aug 44 – 10 Sep 44

Narrative

, 6-AD – OOB – 1944-1945, EUCMH Knowledge Base, 6-AD – OOB – 1944-1945, EUCMH Knowledge BaseThe 6th Armored Division landed across Utah Beach, France on July 19 1944 and assembled at Le Mesnil 6 days later. It was committed through the 8th Infantry Division to clear the heights near Le Bingard on July 27 1944 and CCA secured a bridgehead across the Sienne River near Pont de la Roche on July 29 1944.

, 6-AD – OOB – 1944-1945, EUCMH Knowledge Base, 6-AD – OOB – 1944-1945, EUCMH Knowledge BaseOn July 31, CCR overran Granville and the division moved to Avranches where it relieved the 4th Armored Division and secured the area bridges. The division swung into Brittany on August 1 1944 and closed on Brest August 7 while destroying a German force at Plouvien August 8/9.

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, 6-AD – OOB – 1944-1945, EUCMH Knowledge BaseWhile CCA invested Brest, CCB and CCR relieved the 4th Armored Division at Vannes and Lorient, respectively on September 12/15 the 6-AD moved to relieve the 35th Infantry Division of protecting the south flank between Orléans and Auxerre on September 2 1944. CCA was relieved in the Lorient sector by the 94th Infantry Division on September 13, and CCB relieved the 4th Armored Division at Lunéville, September 19. The 6-AD attacked on October 8, crossed the Seille River on November 9 and mopped up the Nomeny area despite mud, mines, and congestion. The division established bridgeheads across the Nied River against strong opposition on November 11 1944 at Sanry, and CCA cleared Arraincourt November 13.

The division reached the Maderbach Creek at Remering with CCB by November 25 after fierce fighting through mud, mines, and craters. CCA pushed through the Foret de Puttange but fell back on November 26 and CCB was unable to get tanks through the mud along Maderbach. The division was relieved in this area on December 2 1944 and patrolled to the Saare River December 5, taking Sarreguemines with the 35th Infantry Division the next day. It then maintained defensive positions near Saarbrucken.

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In response to the German Ardennes Counter offensive in Belgium, the division was given responsibility for the sector south of the Sauer River between Ettelbruck and Mostroff on December 27 1944. It Was then heavily engaged in the Mageret – Wardin area east of Bastogne commencing December 31 1944, being forced to withdraw by German attacks until January 8 1945 when it counter attacked to recover lost ground in its sector.

On January 10 1945 the 4th Armored Division attacked through its lines, and the next day the division took over the attack toward Bras. CCA captured Wardin on January 12 and CCB cleared Mageret on January 13/14. The 6-AD fought house-to-house in Oubourcy January 15 and seized Moinet and Hill 510 on January 20. Weiler fell January 22 and Kalborn fell, after an unsuccessful previous attack, on Jan 29. The division then took over a new zone west of the Our River on Feb 4 1945, and assembled at Kalborn February 6 1945.

The 6th Armored attacked across the Our River at Kalborn and Dahnen on the Feb 7 and by Feb 9 armor was crossed over the Bailey Bridge there.

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, 6-AD – OOB – 1944-1945, EUCMH Knowledge BaseIt relieved the 17th Airborne Division February 10/11 as CCB maintained the Our Bridgehead, and then renewed the offensive into the West Wall on February 20. The penetration of the West Wall was marked as Ober Eisenach fell February 22, and the final objective town of Muxerath was cleared on February 24.

, 6-AD – OOB – 1944-1945, EUCMH Knowledge BaseThe division moved then to a new zone west of the Prüm River and relieved the 90th Infantry Division on February 25. CCA established a small bridgehead at Manderscheid which was enlarged as CCB, after being initially forced back across, took Lunebach on the 28. The 6-AD reached the Nims River and crossed near Schoenecken on March 3. The following day it assembled in reserve in the Arzfeld area. The division attacked on March 20 at Homburg and CCA reached the Rhine River at Rhein – Durkheim the next day.

The division crossed the Rhine River at Oppenheim on March 25 and CCA reached the Main River, coming under heavy antiaircraft fire from Frankfurt. The division established bridgeheads across the Main and was relieved on March 27, attacking north of Frankfurt on March 30. By April 2, it completed crossing the Fulda River at Malsfeld and encircled Mulhausen 2 days later. After, Langensalza fell on April 16, the division consolidated and then renewed its offensive on April 11 as it crossed the Saale River southwest of Naumberg.

It reached the Zwick Mulde at Rochlitz on April 14 and on April 16, turned over its bridgehead there to the 76th Infantry Division. The division maintained defensive positions along this river until hostilities ceased on May 7 1945.

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