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#1 ADMIN

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 11:37 AM

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NAME:
Fourth Armored Division / 4th Armored

NICKNAME:
"Breakthrough" (Unofficial Nickname)

BATTLE HONORS:

World War II
Normandy
Northern France
Rhineland
Ardennes-Alsace
Central Europe


ACTIVATED:
April 15, 1941

DEACTIVATED:
1971


HISTORY:
World War II

The 4th Armored Division was activated on 15 April 1941, from a cadre from the U.S. 1st Armored Division, and reached the United Kingdom in early 1944. After training in England from January to July 1944, the 4th Armored Division landed at Utah Beach 11 July and entered combat 17 July. As part of the VIII Corps exploitation force for Operation Cobra, the 4th secured the Coutances area on 28 July. The division then swung south to take Nantes, cutting off the Brittany Peninsula, 12 August 1944. Turning east, it drove swiftly across France north of the Loire, smashed across the Moselle 11-13 September, flanked Nancy and captured Luneville, 16 September. It fought several German Panzer Brigades in the Lorraine area at this time, defeating a larger German force through superior tactics and training.

After maintaining a defensive line, Chambrey to Xanrey to Henamenil, from 27 September to 11 October, the division rested briefly before returning to combat 9 November with an attack in the vicinity of Viviers. The 4th cleared Bois de Serres, 12 November, advanced through Dieuze and crossed the Saar River, 21-22 November, to establish and expand bridgehead and took Singling and Bining before being relieved 8 December.

Two days after the Germans launched their Ardennes offensive, the 4th Armored entered the fight (18 December 1944), racing northwest into Belgium, covering 150 miles in 19 hours. The Division attacked the Germans at Bastogne, helping to relieve the besieged 101st Airborne. Six weeks later the Division jumped off from Luxembourg City in an eastward plunge that carried it across the Moselle River at Trier, south and east to Worms, and across the Rhine, 24-25 March 1945. Advancing all night, the 4th crossed the Main River the next day, south of Hanau, and continued to push on. Lauterbach fell 29 March, Creuzburg across the Werra on 1 April, Gotha on the 4th, and by 12 April the Division was across the Saale River. Pursuit of the enemy continued and by 6 May the Division had crossed into Czechoslovakia, established a bridgehead across the Otava River at Strakonice, with forward elements at Pisek.

The Division was commanded by Major General John S. "P" Wood and by Major General Huigh Gaffey. One of its most famous members was Creighton Abrams, who commanded the 37th Tank Battalion, then Combat Command "A". Abrams later rose to command all US forces in Vietnam and served as US Army Chief of Staff in the 1970s. The current US M-1 tank is named after him.


World War II Assignments
U.S. 1st Army: December 18, 1943
U.S. VIII Corps: January 22, 1944
U.S. XX Corps: March 9, 1944
U.S. XV Corps: April 20, 1944
U.S. VIII Corps: July 15, 1944
U.S. XII Corps: August 13, 1944
U.S. III Corps: December 19, 1944
U.S. VIII Corps: January 2, 1945
U.S. XII Corps: January 12, 1945
U.S. VIII Corps: April 4, 1945
U.S. X Corps: April 9, 1945
U.S. VIII Corps: April 17, 1945
U.S. XII Corps: April 30, 1945


Post War Service

After a tour of occupation duty, the 4th returned to the United States for inactivation, some of its elements, however, remaining as occupation forces after redesignation as constabulary units.

The division was reactivated at various times, before it was finally deactivated in 1971 by reflagging the unit as the 1st Armored Division.


Divisional history from:
http://en.wikipedia....rmored_Division


#2 Jim Baker

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 04:45 PM

4th Armored Division. Green back.

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 12:14 PM

White back

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/Jeepdriver704/4AD.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/Jeepdriver704/4AD1.jpg

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 12:21 PM

Well-worn 4th AD patch belonging to Sgt. Harry E Traynor (704th TD Bn):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/Jeepdriver704/4thAdpatchH.jpg

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 11:06 AM

Variant

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/Jeepdriver704/4thADfelt.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/Jeepdriver704/4thADfeltback.jpg

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 09:23 AM

4th AD. Wool white back.

*Note: The missing wheels.

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Edited by Jim Baker, 01 February 2007 - 09:24 AM.


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Posted 01 February 2007 - 01:38 PM

Interesting to know that around December 19 - 20, a Task Force of the 4th Armored was already near the Bastogne city limits.
It was called back however as they didn't want to split up the 4th Armored Division.

Another interesting fact is that with the group of Lt. Bogess - first ones to make contact with the Airborne Engineers at Assenois - were some TDs of the 704th TD Bn.
Harry Traynor was in this group (he was an M-18 TD driver).

Erwin

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 05:32 PM

4th AD. Green back with yellow apex.

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 08:49 AM

The 4th AD was one of two US Army divisions to receive a Presidential Unit Citation (the other was the 101st Airborne Division). The 4th AD had a fierce reputation among the Germans. The unit history, published just after the war, makes mention of the nickname bestowed on the division by the Germans. This tab (with the singular rather than plural form of butchers) eflects that reputation.

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 05:40 PM

Dave should be thanked by all for his sharing and knowledge especially concerning armor patches. This tab he has shown is off the charts in rarity and I want to thank him for sharing with us. Thanks Dave! Mort

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 08:17 AM

Make me the second one thanking him.
Sure some exceptional gems here in display.

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Posted 21 October 2007 - 08:47 AM

Interesting to know that around December 19 - 20, a Task Force of the 4th Armored was already near the Bastogne city limits.
It was called back however as they didn't want to split up the 4th Armored Division.

Another interesting fact is that with the group of Lt. Bogess - first ones to make contact with the Airborne Engineers at Assenois - were some TDs of the 704th TD Bn.
Harry Traynor was in this group (he was an M-18 TD driver).

Erwin


I was wondering if anyone had more history about the 704th TD I have a very close friend who was with them, SGT Joe Schedivy,A Co.he had a M18TD

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Posted 21 October 2007 - 02:23 PM

I was in touch with a few 704TD men and am an Honorary Lifemember of the Association, maybe I can help?
Pm me if you want and tell me what you are looknig for.

Erwin

I was wondering if anyone had more history about the 704th TD I have a very close friend who was with them, SGT Joe Schedivy,A Co.he had a M18TD



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Posted 01 May 2008 - 04:36 PM

variant 4AD a little bit smaller than a regular SSI and it looks silky on the back
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Posted 09 June 2008 - 10:31 AM

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/Jeepdriver704/4ADpatchesuncut.jpg
Uncut patches.

Erwin


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