Document Source: Order of Battle of the United States Army, World War II, European Theater of Operations. Office of the Theater Historian, Paris, France, December 20, 1945

Capture of Trier, Germany, March 2 1945

10-ADThe US 10th Armored Division was activated on July 15, 1942, at Fort Benning (Georgia), and moved on June 24, 1943, to the Second Army #2 Tennessee Maneuvres. On September 5, the 10-AD moved to Camp Gordon (Georgia), then, staged at Camp Shanks (New York), on September 1, 1944, until departed the New York POE. The division landed in France on September 23, 1944, crossed into Luxembourg on December 17, and was sent back to France on December 27, 1944. The 10th Armd entered Germany on February 22, 1945, and when combat ceased, was sent back to the USA. So, the 10-AD arrived at Hampton Roads POE on October 13, 1945, and was deactivated at Camp Patrick Henry (Virginia) a day later.

crossCasualties

Killed in Action 710
Wounded in Action 3400
Missing in Action 586
Captured 1
Battle Casualties 4697
Non-Battle Casualties 3684
Total Casualties 8381

Campaigns

Ardennes
Rhineland
Central Europe

Capture of Trier, Germany, March 2 1945

Individual Awards

Distinguished Service Cross 19
Legion of Merit 12
Silver Star 217
Soldiers Medal 23
Bronze Star 1400
Air Medal 13
Distinguished Flying Cross 2
Prisoners of War Taken 43.208

Statistics

Activated July 15, 1942
Arrived ETO September 23, 1944
Arrived Continent (D+109) September 23, 1944
Entered Combat 1944
Days in Combat 124

Commanding General

Maj Gen Paul W. Newgarden, Jul 1942 – Jul 1944
Maj Gen William H. Morris Jr, Jul 1944 – May 1945
Maj Gen Fay B. Prickett, May 1945 – Deactivation

Sgt Dee Perry of the 10th Armored Division applying winter paint to his M4 Sherman tank in Belgium, 12 Jan 1945

Artillery Commander

Col Bernard F. Luebbermann, Sept 22, 1944 – Apr 13, 1945
Col Edward H. Metzger, Apr 13, 1945 – VE Day

Chief of Staff

Col Basil G. Thayer, Sept 22, 1944 – Feb 25, 1945
Lt Col Joseph A. McChristian, Feb 25, 1945 – May 8, 1945
Col Richard Steinbach, May 8, 1945 – (?)

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1

Lt Col John F. Laudig, Sept 22, 1944 – VE Day

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2

Lt Col William E. Eckles, Sept 22, 1944 – VE Day

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3

Maj John W. Sheffield Sept 22, 1944 – Dec 3, 1944
Lt Col Joseph A. McChristian Dec 3, 1944 – Feb 25, 1945
Lt Col John W. Sheffield Feb 25, 1945 – May 8, 1945
Lt Col Joseph A. McChristian, May 8, 1945 – (?)

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4

Lt Col Clark Webber Sept 22, 1944 – (?)

Assistant Chief of Staff G-5

Maj John M. Gregory Oct 3, 1944 – Jan 10, 1945
Capt Leigh S. Plummer Jan 10, 1945 – (?)

Adjutant General

Lt Col Francis J. Malloh Sept 22, 1944 – VDay

M-7 (10-AD) firing in the vicinity of Heidelberg, Germany, March 30 1945

CO – Combat Command A
Brig Gen Kenneth G. Althaus Sept 22, 1944 – Dec 15, 1944
Brig Gen Edwin W. Piburn Dec 15, 1944 – Apr 25, 1945
Col Thomas M. Brinkley Apr 25, 1945 – May 3, 1945
Col Basil G. Thayer May 3, 1945 – VE Day

CO – Combat Command B
Col William L. Roberts Sept 22, 1944 – Nov 5, 1944
Brig Gen Edwin W. Piburn Nov 5, 1944 – Dec 16, 1944
Col William L. Roberts Dec 16, 1944 – Mar 18, 1945
Col Basil G. Thayer Mar 18, 1944
Col Thomas M. Brinkley May 3, 1945 – VE Day

CO Reserve Command
Col Julian E. Raymond Sept 22, 1944 – Nov 6, 1944
Col Wade C. Gatchell Nov 6, 1944 – VE Day

M8 of the 10th Armored Spearhead reaches Quint Germany 9 March 1945

Order of Battle – WW-2

HQs Company
HQs Battery Division Artillery
Combat Command A
Combat Command B
Reserve Command
Military Police Platoon
3rd Tank Battalion
11th Tank Battalion
21st Tank Battalion
20th Armored Infantry Battalion
54th Armored Infantry Battalion
61st Armored Infantry Battalion
419th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
420th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
423rd Armored Field Artillery Battalion
10th Armored Division Trains
55th Armored Engineer Combat Battalion
80th Armored Medical Battalion
90th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron Mecz
132nd Ordnance Maintenance Company
150th Signal Company
510th Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment
Band
609th Tank Destroyer Bn (Oct 16, 1944 – May 9, 1945)
796th AAA AW Battalion (Oct 16, 1944 – May 9, 1945)

M-10 Wolverine Tank Destroyers of the 30th Infantry Division Magdeburg Germany 1945

Attachments
Antiaircraft Artillery

796-AAA-AW Bn (SP) – Nov 16, 1944 – May 9, 1945

Armored

CCA (9-AD) – Dec 20, 1944 – Dec 26, 1944
Able 778-TB – Feb 19, 1945 – Mar 3, 1945

Cavalry

94 Recon Tr (94-ID) – Feb 19, 1945 – Feb 20, 1945

Chemical

Charlie 81 Cml Mt Bn – Nov 11, 1944 – Dec 12, 1944
(2 secs) 161 Cml Co (SG) – Dec 1, 1944 – Dec 4, 1944
162 Cml Co (SG) – Feb 22, 1945 – Mar 3, 1945
(2 secs) 81 Cml Co (SG) – Mar 3, 1945 – Mar 9, 1945
Charlie 81 Cml Mort Bn (-1 plat) – Mar 3, 1945 – Mar 9, 1945

(Illustration)(M-1A1 AT Mines) - M-18 of the 94-ID at a repair depot in Germany in early 1945





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