November 25, at 6: The Atlantic first met the Mediterranean and the Strait of Gibraltar was born. From that moment forward, Europe was eternally separated from Africa. Beyond was the unknown.
Camp Polk, Louisiana 1 March Lindsay Silvester 15 September - 9 November Fort Benning, Georgia 20 September Reorganization of all armored divisions except April - 2 May Moved to Southampton, England; loaded and boarded landing craft 8 August Liberation of Chartres, France and other nearby areas, including Rambouillet August Out of gas, except for feint toward Luxemoburg September Bitter combat, with high casualties, in greater Metz area Through Belgium to Netherlands September Bitter combat with high casualties at Overloon October Liberation of Ospel area with significant casualties 1 November Robert Hasbrouck assumes command from Gen.
Lindsay Silvester November Elements of 7AD, attached to 84th and nd Infantry Divisions, in combat in Gereonsweiler and Linnich areas of Germany; part of Division remains in Netherlands or out of combat at Ubach Belgium second time December Vith is the most critical strategic point for German supplies in the entire front, and it is denied to them far beyond their timetable, effectively dooming their entire offensive and making possible the defense of Bastogne December Vith Germany second time Early February Cross the Rhine River and rapidly move to complete the inner southern envelopment of the Ruhr Pocket April Attack west to reduce the Ruhr Pocket Mid-April Move to Dransfeld, awaiting further orders late April Move north to the Baltic Sea in the Ludwigslust area early May Task force moves far to the east to meet the Russians 8 May V-E Day March Germany, encirclement of Ruhr Pocket along south and east early April Germany, reduction of Ruhr Pocket late April Germany, north to the Baltic May Move to the U.
Zone of Occupied Germany 14 July Large contingent of low-point men departs to train for invasion of Japan July-September Many high-point men transferred to other units for earlier transport home; many new men transferred into Division October Hasbrouck November 1, - August, Concentration Camps and POW Camps Liberated This section is still under construction, and the following are unverified, unless otherwise noted.
If you have additional informations or corrections, please let me know. In FebruaryI researched more on this subject and wrote the following chronological list of camps encountered.
However, I am leaving the original section mostly intact, following this new section, since the original section has the text of the original reports.
The Division did liberate several POW camps. Researching this has been a challenge, since there are only brief accounts in the reports: So here are the camps that I have found, in chronological order, all in After crossing the Rhine, the combat commands of 7AD moved in parallel columns in the double-envelopment of the Ruhr Pocket.
All three columns liberated POWs and slave laborers. Griffin, took Sinn and the crossing of the Dill River. German historian Claudio Michael Becker lives at Sinn and sent this information: Also, there were different orders how to hold which kind of POW or forced slave workers.
The next day, on the 28th they were liberated by the 7th Armored Division. Lollar is on the Lahn River, just north of Giessen.Brick Wall Awards for First Amendment Disservice and Sledgehammer Awards.
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