27 Mar – Sinn, Germany – multiple camps (900 POWs plus slave laborers): CCR Task Force Griffin, commanded by 38 AIB CO Lt. Col. Marcus S. Griffin, took Sinn and the crossing of the Dill River. Altes, A. Korthals and N.K.C.A. Most of the books have also been expanded to include the morning report location and Record of Events entries. June - 1 July 45: Occupational duties in Dessau and Köthen by the Elbe River, in the future Soviet Zone of Occupation Robert W. Norton (3/31 Tank), killed along a secondary road in a thickly wooded area near Saint-Denis-d'Orques, France, Two simultaneous deaths, killed in action approaching La Loupe, France, probably about 1.5 miles south of La Loupe, both from Troop "B", 87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Two killed in action at Senonches, France, 2nd Lt. James Earl Newberry, Jr. (Platoon Leader AT/A/48 AIB), 1st Lt. James O. Gomer (Platoon Leader Rcn/HQ Co/23 AIB), killed in action at Courville, France. July-September 1945: Many high-point men transferred to other units for earlier transport home; many new men transferred into Division Moving forward with his men to protect engineers while they removed the minefield and the demolition charges attached to the bridges, S/Sgt. The division was one of the three British follow-up divisions of the two British assault Corps earmarked for the Normandy Landings. (photo thanks to Carl Lucero, son of C/23 veteran Henry Lucero). The monument is at the next road junction (Roosendaalseweg) south of Vredepeelweg. Varney, Maynard (40 Tank, KIA 12 Apr 1945) honored by Saratoga County, NY (May 2002) Dailey “instructed the Germans to keep control of the PW's s until some of our forces could take over. (1 March 1942-8 August 1944), United States 23-31 December 1944: 7AD defends Manhay and Grandmenil on the northern shoulder of the Bulge 507th Counter-Intelligence Corps Detachment: Jan-Feb 1945 early April 45: Germany, reduction of Ruhr Pocket 8 May 1945: V-E Day Researching this has been a challenge, since there are only brief accounts in the reports: the mission was to destroy the enemy, and the reports mainly focused on that. (Other units have some or most months, but these are the only ones thus far to have all months posted.) Click here for the web page that presents the full evidence in this case. 15 September 1942 - 9 November 1942: Louisiana-Texas Maneuvers After all these years, you might think that we had identified all 7AD men who died in WWII. brought back from egypt at the end of ww2 and bought from family of serviceman who brought them back. The very deadly ambush destroyed seven half-tracks and a jeep and killed the men whose names are inscribed on the monument, which you can see in the Monuments section of the 7th Armored Division web page. 20-28 January 1945: 7AD retakes St. Vith 1 November 1944: Gen. Robert Hasbrouck assumes command from Gen. Lindsay Silvester So he was buried as Unknown X-43 at the Solers, France, temporary US military cemetery. Early February 1945: 7AD’s Combat Command R attached to 78th Infantry Division for attacks on Strauch, Simmerath, Steckenborn, and other towns in the area of the Huertgen Forest; rest of the Division is out of combat If there is a link indicated for a name, click on the link to see the citation and a photograph of the soldier. 6-25 September 1944: Bitter combat, with high casualties, in greater Metz area, Through Belgium to Netherlands He was a squad leader when the task force to which his unit was attached encountered resistance in its advance on Kirchain, Germany. S/Sgt. After a very long delay due to my 2-year-long household move, I have finally begun to post the very important pictures and videos of the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation ceremonies that took place across France in 2019. It will take years to organize and present the 2017 images, but progress does continue in spurts. Major General John Devine (Commander in Combat) 1944–1945 1. --DNA reference samples from Pake's family are needed. On 10th June, the Division took part in an attack […] (9 May 1945 - 11 October 1945) From the town itself came heavy small-arms fire. Once the Ruhr Pocket was surrounded, 7AD and the other Allied forces attacked into the pocket from all directions. 21-25 August 1944: Rapid move to Seine at Melun; crossing at Tilly & Ponthierry However the U. S. Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is still working on the case. ), 23 Jul 2018 Update: 48th Armored Infantry Battalion is the first to be completely posted for all of these months. The French title is "Août 1944: La Libération de Rambouillet, France". August 31: On 21st October 1st Troop 5th Royal Tank Regiment in Company with 1st Platoon A Company Rifle Brigade were tasked with securing the hamlet of Doorwerthsche Bosch. Maj. Donald P. Boyer was the S-3 (Operations) Officer of 38th Armored Infantry Battalion. The characteristics of Klinger and X-44 are nearly identical, so that it appears very likely that X-44 is Klinger. On 16 April 1945, the 7th Armoured Division liberated Stalag 11B in Fallingbostel, [26] [27] which was the first prisoner-of-war camp to be liberated. The Russian and eastern POW´s were held at (at least) 3 different locations in our town.”. His prior assignment was Commanding General, Combat Command B, 7th Armored Division. Late February – 24 March 1945: move up to the Rhine River between Cologne and Remagen (Thanks to Frederick R. Miller, PH1, USN Retired for sending this information.) late March 45: Germany, encirclement of Ruhr Pocket along south and east Campaigns. 8 May 1945: V-E Day Dietz by his intrepidity and valiant effort on his self-imposed mission, single-handedly opened the road for the capture of Kirchain and left with his comrades an inspiring example of gallantry in the face of formidable odds. These are Microsoft Word documents. Wesley Johnston has converted most of his 7AD combat interview books into books now available on Amazon.com. The following article on the 79th Armoured Division is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman’ D-Day Encyclopedia. New Jan 2021 July-September 1945: Many high-point men transferred to other units for earlier transport home; many new men transferred into Division 1-19 January 1945: 7AD reorganizes and re-equips, primarily in the Verviers area Altogether there are now about 55,000 pages of Morning Reports on this web site. Click here for names of the American dead from the Battle of Overloon. 23 Jul 2018 Update: 48th Armored Infantry Battalion is the first to be completely posted for all of these months. Francis Chesko (B/33) Interview Video Click here to see the web page on the August 26, 2010 ceremonies. His story "Of War and Women" is now published and available online. Workshop News 23 November – 16 December 1944: Elements of 7AD, attached to 84th and 102nd Infantry Divisions, in combat in Gereonsweiler and Linnich areas of Germany; part of Division remains in Netherlands or out of combat at Ubach So the camp had been liberated for about 2 weeks when 31st Tank Bn men visited there, taking photos and recording this brief note about the horrors that were all too obvious: “A number of officers and men during the remainder of the morning paid informal visits to the concentration camp at Belsen now under control of the British. For their families, World War II will never really end until they know what happened to their soldier. Zone of Occupied Germany Niek is attempting to make some progress on finding the remains of Rudolph Matus. So his new book is the culmination of decades of dedicated research on 7AD at St. Vith. 7th ARMORED DIVISION; Return to Table of Contents "Lucky Seventh" The mixture of insignia and distinctive colors of several arms incorporated in the Armored Force symbolize integrity and esprit. Late February – 24 March 1945: move up to the Rhine River between Cologne and Remagen 19-20 August 1944: 7AD moves to Dreux, France to enable 5AD to support first Seine crossing (9 May 1945 - 11 October 1945) 7AD was then ordered north to the Baltic Sea. 28 Mar – Dulag Luft [air POW transit camp] Wetzlar and Stalag XII-A POWs (about 2,000, mostly American): CCA Task Forces Wemple, Rhea and King took Wetzlar and the air force POW transit camp there. 25-31 March 1945: Cross the Rhine River and rapidly move to complete the inner southern envelopment of the Ruhr Pocket So far, these are the ones that I have completed. 1-17 April 1945: Attack west to reduce the Ruhr Pocket 25-29 September 1944: 7AD passes through Belgium into Netherlands, to bolster corridor created by Operation Market-Garden, Netherlands Read more about the structure of an US Armored Division in 1943. Great tribute at Chartres, with plaque to honor soldiers killed in the liberation. Eric Santin's book is a treasure trove of photographs, a great many taken by French citizens and not seen in American publications. Besser bekannt war die Division als Wüstenratten (englisch Desert Rats), den sich die Angehörigen selbst gaben, da das Emblem der Division eine Wüstenspringmaus zeigt. 1-17 April 1945: Attack west to reduce the Ruhr Pocket 7AD page (computer-generated English translation). 7AD did not liberate any of the infamous death camps but did see Bergen-Belsen. British 7th Armoured Division (7th AD WWII) The 7th Armoured Division is the famous Desert Rats of the 8th Army. 23-31 December 1944: 7AD defends Manhay and Grandmenil on the northern shoulder of the Bulge 1 March 1942: 7th Armored Division activated at Camp Polk, Louisiana under command of Gen. Lindsay Silvester 25-31 March 1945: Cross the Rhine River and rapidly move to complete the inner southern envelopment of the Ruhr Pocket Plans for Ceremonies The Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) has the mission of increasing "to the maximum extent possible the number of missing Service personnel accounted for annually". March 45: Germany, area of Mehlem and Bad Godesburg on west bank of Rhine River 15-18 August 1944: Liberation of Chartres, France and other nearby areas, including Rambouillet -- NOTE: This book is in identical sections in both French and English. Santin, Eric. The History of the British 7th Armoured Division "The Desert Rats" This website is dedicated to all those who served in this unit and proudly wore the Jerboa shoulder flash. 814th Tanks Destroyer Battalion: Aug-Dec 1944, Apr 1945 Goodwin stayed with the 5th Infantry Division until the end of the Bulge. 1-17 April 1945: Attack west to reduce the Ruhr Pocket However, as most of the guards had already disposed of their weapons and the prisoners were beginning to clip the barbed wire and slip out in twos and threes, it was necessary for TF WEMPLE to send two platoons of infantry and one platoon of light tanks to keep them in the cage.”. Eighty-three 7AD men have never been found and identified. Update (Nov 2017): Niek Hendrix of Ospel met Matus' brother John at the 2016 7th Armored Division Association Reunion. 15 June 1944 - 7 August 1944: Tidworth Barracks in Wiltshire, England - Click here to see the web page on the August 27-31, 2014 ceremonies. Mid to late February 1945: When Germans blow their own dams to block Allies’ path, 7AD men are attached to engineers to rebuild roads at Stavelot and Elsenborn; headquarters of 7AD remains in Germany After he had completed his heroic, self-imposed task and was near collapse from fatigue, he refused to leave his platoon until the attack had been resumed and the objective taken. New Nov 2019 (photo thanks to Daniel Blandin of the Souvenir Français Committee). Dedicated August 2014 - Click here to see the web page on the August 27-31, 2014 ceremonies. 489th Armored Field Artillery Battalion: Jan-Feb 1945 Elwyn Holdiman, Pvt. To order the book, send a money order for US $42 to ERIC SANTIN; 9 chemin Lacave; 65220 PUYDARRIEUX, FRANCE. It now seems almost certain that X-6010 is either Reamer or Pake. Mid-April 1945: Move to Dransfeld, awaiting further orders 7th Armoured are a historical realism group based on the famous British WW2 armoured division that fought from the burning sands of the Western Desert via Italy and Normandy, and into the Third Reich.With a distinctly British camaraderie (although with members from many countries) we are a relaxed friendly unit offering a realistic and competitive gaming experience. Parts of the Division landed on D-Day and advanced to within 3 miles of Bayeux. Morning Reports Online early May 45: Task force moves far to the east to meet the Russians That error has now been found and corrected in our own 7AD records. June - 1 July 45: Occupational duties in Dessau and Köthen by the Elbe River, in the future Soviet Zone of Occupation "Of War and Women" is available by mail from the publisher (see below) or online at Amazon.com. in't Veld. 6 Jul 2020 Update: Partial Additions: After all these years, you might think that we had identified all 7AD men who died in WWII. Click here for the dedication ceremonies web page. (Other units have some or most months, but 48 AIB is thus far the only one to have all months posted.). 1-3 July 45: Move to the U.S. -- Wesley Johnston, 7AD Association Historian. If you order from the publisher and indicate you are a member of the 7th Armored Division Association (or 3rd or 11th Armd or 5th Inf) and they confirm your name on the list of members, then the author has very generously extended a 50% discount off the retail price of the book to you. 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