14th Tank Battalion, 9th Armored Division, autumn 1944 in France or spring 1945 in Germany

Cavalry

89-CRS, less Trs C & D to 8-ID – Oct 23 1944 / Nov 1 1944
89-CRS, Tr D to 2-ID – Oct 27 1944 / Nov 8 1944
89-CRS, less Trs A & D to 8-ID – Nov 1 1944 / 10 Nov 1944
89-CRS, Tr A to 83-ID – Nov 22 1944 / Nov 28 1944
89-CRS, Tr B to 83-ID – Nov 22 1944 / Dec 5 1944
89-CRS, Tr C to 83-ID – Nov 28 1944 / Dec 7 1944
89-CRS, Tr A to 83-ID – Dec 5 1944 / Dec 7 1944
89-CRS, Tr A to 4-ID – Dec 7 1944 / Dec 13 1944
89-CRS, Tr C to 4-ID – Dec 7 1944 / Dec 13 1944

Engineer

2 plats, B Co, 9-AEB to 2-ID – Oct 29 1944 / Nov 4 1944

Field Artillery

16-AFAB to 2-ID – Dec 12 1944 / Dec 16 1944
73-AFAB to 7-TD Group – Dec 20 1944 / Dec 23 1944
73-AFAB to 28-ID – Dec 24 1944 / Dec 29 1944

Infantry

52-AIB to 8-ID – Oct 23 1944 / Oct 30 1944
27-AIB to 2-ID – Oct 27 1944 / Nov 8 1944
60-AIB to 8-ID – Nov 2 1944 / Nov 9 1944
B Co, 52-AIB to 83-ID – Nov 22 1944 / Nov 29 1944
C Co, 52-AIB to 83-ID – Nov 28 1944 / Dec 6 1944
C Co, 52-AIB to 4-ID – Dec 7 1944 / Dec 13 1944
60-AIB to 78-ID – Mar 12 1945 / Mar 16 1945
52-AIB to 9-ID – Mar 16 1945 / Mar 18 1945

Members of the 9th Armored Division meet up with units of the Red Army near Linz, Austria

Command Posts Location

Jul 31 1944, Tidworth (Adv) – Wiltshire – England
Aug 27 1944, Tidworth (Main) – Wiltshire – England
Sept 23 1944, Dorchester – Dorset – England
Sept 25 1944, Weymouth – Dorset – England
Sept 28 1944, Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont – Manche – France
Oct 6 1944, Pont L’Abbe-Picauville – Manche – France
Oct 7 1944, Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont – Manche – France
Oct 13 1944, Falaise – Calvados – France
Oct 14 1944, Damville – Eure – France
Oct 15 1944, Gargan – Seine-et-Oise – France
Oct 16 1944, Bèrgères-les-Vertus – Marne – France
Oct 17 1944, Verdun – Meuse – France
Oct 18 1944, Mersch – Luxembourg
Dec 20 1944, Walferdange – Luxembourg
Dec 23 1944, Etalle – Belgium
Dec 30 1944, Guignicourt-sur-Vence – Ardennes – France
Jan 12 1945, Bockange – Moselle – France
Jan 14 1945, Ennery – Moselle – France
Feb 22 1945, Sprimont – Belgium
Feb 28 1945, Gey – Rhineland – Germany
Mar 2 1945, Soller – Rhineland – Germany
Mar 4 1945, Zulpich – Rhineland – Germany
Mar 6 1945, Euskirchen – Rhineland – Germany
Mar 7 1945, Stadt Meckenheim – Rhineland – Germany
Mar 10 1945, Bad Neuenahr – Rhineland – Germany
Mar 23 1945, Rheinbroehl – Rhineland – Germany
Mar 25 1945, Neuweid – Rhineland – Germany
Mar 27 1945, Elz – Nassau – Germany
Mar 29 1945, Rechtenbach – Hessen – Germany
Apr 1 1945, Volkmarsen – Kurhessen – Germany
Apr 2 1945, Marburg – Kurhessen – Germany
Apr 9 1945, Nieder Scheden – Hannover – Germany
Apr 10 1945, Grossbruchter – Saxony – Germany
Apr 11 1945, Westerengel – Thuringia – Germany
Apr 12 1945, Steigra – Halle-Messenburg – Germany
Apr 13 1945, Hohenmolsen – Halle-Messenburg – Germany
Apr 15 1945, Breitingen – Halle-Messenburg – Germany
Apr 16 1945, Bad Lausick – Saxony – Germany
Apr 21 1945, Lobstadt – Saxony – Germany
Apr 30 1945, Apolda – Thuringia – Germany
May 4 1945, Munchberg – Thuringia – Germany
May 5 1945, Wernberg – Bavaria – Germany
May 6 1945, Weiden – Bavaria – Germany

Members of the U.S. 9th Armored Division meet up with units of the Red Army near Linz, Austria

Narrative

The 9-AD landed in Normandy, France, on October 3, 1944, and initially patrolled a quiet sector along the borders of Luxembourg and Germany. The German counter-offensive in Belgium and Luxembourg struck the division on December 16, 1944, and CCB was ordered to St Vith as the division lost ground. CCR moved into positions along the BastogneTrois-Vierges road on December 17. The German drive breached the division’s lines the following day. Fighting in widely scattered areas, CCA defended near Ermsdorf on December 20 and CCB withdrew from Poteau and St Vith on December 23. Meanwhile, remnants of CCR were employed in the defense of Bastogne under the control of the 101-A/B. The remainder of the division was ordered to reserve at Sedan on December 30, 1944.

The division was rehabilitated in January 1945 and trained in February 1945. It attacked on February 28 across the Roer River in the Soller Region, CCA clearing strong opposition at Wollersheim and Langendorf on March 2, as CCB reached the Roth River and established a bridgehead at Friesheim. CCR captured Niederberg. The next day CCB reached the Erft River at Lommersum and was joined along the river by CCA and CCR in the Euskirchen vicinity on March 4, 1945.

The Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen

The division then opened its offensive across the Erft River toward the junction of the Rhine River and Ahr River on March 5. CCB overcame light resistance to capture the Ludendorff Railroad Bridge at Remagen, which was damaged and prepared for demolition but still standing intact on March 7. It quickly crossed to establish a firm bridgehead across the Rhine and was joined there the next day by CCB as CCA defended the Ahr River Line.

After consolidation, the division attacked on March 22 to clear the region between the Rhine River and the Wied River and secured bridgeheads across the latter. The division renewed its offensive on March 26 and attacked through the 2-ID; CCA reached the Lahn River at Diez and CCB at Limburg. It assembled along the Lahn as CCR drove to contact the Third Army on the Cologne Frankfurt Autobahn north of Idstein on March 28. The division attacked again on March 29 and by March 31 had established a bridgehead across the Diemel River in the Warburg area which was then maintained against counterattacks.

The division started to an assembly area east of the Weser River on April 8 and attacked through the 2-ID and 69-ID on April 10 to spearhead the drive to the Saale River, which it reached on April 12. On April 13, CCA reached the Weisse – Elster River near Pegau and consolidated. After heavy combat in the Borna area through factory districts at Deutzen, CCR reached the Mulde River and seized bridges in the ColditzLastau region on April 15. The next day it crossed and cleared Colditz. The division then mopped up along the Mulde River until moved to the BornaTaucha region in reserve on April 21. It guarded utilities and factories at Rotha on April 22 until it moved near Jena on April 29, 1945. CCA was detached to the 1-ID on May 3 for the drive on Karlsbad, and attacked on May 6, 1945, down the Cheb – Falknov Road. The 9th Armored Division was in Rudolec when hostilities were declared ended on May 7, 1945.

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