11th ARMORED DIVISION

 

"Thunderbolt"

 

The mixture of insignia and distinctive colors of several arms incorporated in the Armored Force symbolize integrity and esprit. It is an interlocked ornament, found in Nordic monuments, composed of three torques: red for Artillery; blue for Infantry; and yellow for Cavalry. The symbols represent the characteristics of Armored Divisions: the tank track, mobility and armor protection; the cannon, fire power; and the red bolt of lightning, shock action.

 

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COMMAND AND STAFF

 

Commanding General

5 Oct 44 Brig. Gen. Charles S. Kilburn
21 Mar 45 Brig. Gen. Holmes E. Dager
3 May 45 Maj. Gen. Holmes E. Dager

Artillery Commander

5 Oct 44 Col. John G. Howard

Chief of Staff

5 Oct 44 Col. J. J. B. Williams
17 Mar 45 Col. Edgar T. Conley, Jr.

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1

5 Oct 44 Lt. Col. Ralph J. Olson

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2

5 Oct 44 Lt. Col. William R. Prince
7 Jan 45 Lt. Col. William M. Slayden

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3

5 Oct 44 Lt. Col. Paul A. chalmers
7 Dec 44 Lt. Col. George S. Downer, Jr.

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4

5 Oct 44 Maj. Johnnie B. Poole
16 Nov 44 Lt. Col. Johnnie B. Poole

Assistant Chief of Staff G-5

19 Dec 44 Maj. Howard W. Decker
16 Feb 45 Lt. Col. Howard W. Decker

Adjutant General

5 Oct 44 Lt. Col. Lillar P. Miller

Commanding Officer, Combat Command A

5 Oct 44 Brig. Gen. Willard A. Holbrook, Jr.

Commanding Officer, Combat Command B

5 Oct 44 Col. Wesley W. Yale

Commanding Officer, Reserve Command

5 Oct 44 Col. Virgil Bell

 

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STATISTICS

 

Chronology

Activated 15 August 1942

Arrived ETO 5 October 1944

Arrived Continent (D+194) 17 December 1944

Entered Combat 23 December 1944

Days in Combat…..96

Casualties (Tentative)

Killed…………………….614

Wounded……………....2,562

Missing………..………..….40

Captured

Battle Casualties………...3,216

Non-Battle Casualties…...1,921

Total Casualties…………5,137

Percent of T/O Strength….48.1

Campaigns

Ardennes

Rhineland

Central Europe

 

Individual Awards

Distinguished Service Cross…..1

Legion of Merit……………..13

Silver Star…………………275

Soldiers Medal………………2

Bronze Star………………….2

Air Medal………………….59

 

Prisoners of War Taken…..76,229

 

COMPOSITION

Headquarters Company

Combat Command A

Combat Command B

Reserve Command

22d Tank Battalion

41st Tank Battalion

42d Tank Battalion

21st Armored Infantry Battalion

55th Armored Infantry Battalion

63d Armored Infantry Battalion

41st Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized)

56th Armored Engineer Battalion

151st Armored Signal Company

11th Armored Division Artillery

490th Armored Field Artillery Battalion

491st Armored Field Artillery Battalion

492d Armored Field Artillery Battalion

11th Armored Division Trains

133d Ordnance Maintenance Battalion

81st Armored Medical Battalion

Military Police Platoon

Band

 

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ATTACHMENTS

 

Antiaircraft Artillery

575th AAA AW Bn (SP) 23 Dec 44-24 May 45

Engineer

991st Engr Treadway Br Co (- 1 section) 4 Mar 45-14 Mar 45
996th Engr Treadway Br Co 28 Mar 45-1 Jun 45

Field Artillery

Btry C, 174th FA Bn (155mm Gun) 15 Feb 45-4 Mar 45

Infantry

355th CT (89th Div) 16 Mar 45-21 Mar 45
…914th FA Bn (89th Div) (105mm How) 16 Mar 45-21 Mar 45
…Co C, 314th Engr C Bn (89th Div) 16 Mar 45-21 Mar 45
261st CT (65th Div) 28 Mar 45-29 Mar 45
328th CT (26th Div) 3 May 45-6 May 45

Tank Destroyer

602d TD Bn (SP) 29 Dec 44-27 Jan 45
811th TD Bn (SP) 27 Jan 45-4 Feb 45
602d TD Bn (SP) 4 Feb 45-24 Feb 45
705th TD Bn (SP) 24 Feb 45-5 Jul 45

 

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DETACHMENTS

(Attached to)

 Armored

2 plats, Co A, 22d Tk Bn 87th Div 9 Jan 45
CC A 87th Div 24 Feb 45-4 Mar 45
…42d Tk Bn 87th Div 24 Feb 45-4 Mar 45
…63d Armd Inf Bn 87th Div 24 Feb 45-4 Mar 45
…490th Armd FA Bn 87th Div 24 Feb 45-4 Mar 45
…41st Cav Rcn Sq (- Tr B) 87th Div 24 Feb 45-4 Mar 45
…Co A, 56th Armd Engr Bn 87th Div 24 Feb 45-4 Mar 45

Cavalry

41st Cav Rcn Sq 6th Armd Div 12 Feb 45-21 Feb 45

 

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ASSIGNMENT AND ATTACHMENT TO HIGHER UNITS

DATE CORPS ARMY ARMY GROUP
Assigned Attached Assigned Attached
26 Sep 44   Ninth   ETOUSA  
2 Oct 44 III        
5 Oct 44 III   UK Base    
11 Oct 44 (-)   UK Base    
13 Dec 44     (-) 12th  
19 Dec 44   Ninth   12th  
20 Dec 44   First   12th  
23 Dec 44 VIII Third   12th  
31 Dec 44 XII Third   12th  
15 Jan 45 VIII Third   12th  
12 Mar 45 XX Third   12th  
16 Mar 45 XII Third   12th  
24 Mar 45 XX Third   12th  
1 Apr 45 XII Third   12th  

 

(-) indicates relieved from assignment

 

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COMMAND POSTS

 

DATE TOWN REGION COUNTRY
13 Oct 44 Warminster (vic.; Knock Camp) Wiltshire England
3 Dec 44 Horst Limburg Netherlands
18 Dec 44 Ell Limburg Netherlands
26 Dec 44 Guignicourt-ser-Vence Ardennes France
30 Dec 44 Longlier Luxembourg Belgium
3 Jan 45 Vaux-les-Rosiers Luxembourg Belgium
13 Jan 45 Sibret Luxembourg Belgium
14 Jan 45 Hemroulle    
20 Jan 45 Bastogne Luxembourg Belgium
6 Feb 45 Wilwerdingen -- Luxembourg
13 Feb 45 Ell Limburg Netherlands
16 Feb 45 Wilwerdingen -- Luxembourg
18 Feb 45 Tilburg North Brabant Netherlands
20 Feb 45 Boxtel North Brabant Netherlands
5 Mar 45 Herscheid Rhineland Germany
8 Mar 45 Budesheim Rhineland Germany
12 Mar 45 Neidermendig Rhineland Germany
21 Mar 45 Winnweiler Pfalz Germany
31 Mar 45 Langenselbold Hessen-Nassau Germany
1 Apr 45 Grainfeld Hessen Germany
2 Apr 45 Silges Hessen-Nassau Germany
3 Apr 45 Unterweid Thuringia Germany
4 Apr 45 Steinbach-Hallenberg Thuringia Germany
6 Apr 45 Zellmellis Thuringia Germany
9 Apr 45 Themar Thuringia Germany
11 Apr 45 Schnackershausen Thuringia Germany
14 Apr 45 Mainleus Bavaria Germany
19 Apr 45 Bayreuth Bavaria Germany
20 Apr 45 Oberbibrach Bavaria Germany
21 Apr 45 Grafenwohr Bavaria Germany
23 Apr 45 Schnaittenbach Bavaria Germany
24 Apr 45 Stamsreid Bavaria Germany
25 Apr 45 Patersdorf Bavaria Germany
26 Apr 45 Schonberg Bavaria Germany
2 May 45 Wegscheid Bavaria Germany
3 May 45 Rohrbach Ober Oesterreich Austria
4 May 45 Neufelden Ober Oesterreich Austria
5 May 45 Ober Neukirchen Ober Oesterreich Austria
6 May 45 Kirchschlag Ober Oesterreich Austria

 

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