Recreating History

11th Armored Division

World War II

Activated: 15 August 1942.

Overseas: 29 September 1944.

Campaigns: Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe.

Days of combat: 96.

Awards: MH-1 ; DSC-3 ; DSM-1 ; SS-227; LM-15; SM-2 ; BSM-2,417 ; AM-51.


Maj. Gen. Edward H. Brooks (August 1942-March 1944)
Brig. Gen. Charles S. Kilburn (March 1944-March 1945)
Maj. Gen. Holmes E. Dager (March 1945 until inactivation).

Inactivated: 31 August 1945 in Europe.

Combat Chronicle

Arriving in England, 12 November 1944, the 11th prepared for combat with 2 months’ training on the Salisbury Plain. The Division landed in Normandy, 16 December 1944, assigned to contain the enemy in the Lorient Pocket, but the Von Rundstedt offensive resulted in a forced march to the Meuse and the defense of a 30-mile sector from Givet to Sedan, 23 December. Launching an attack from Neufchateau, Belgium, 30 December, the 11th defended the highway to Bastogne against fierce assault. The Division acted as spearhead of a wedge into the enemy line, and its junction with the First Army at Houffalize, 16 January 1945, created a huge trap. After the liquidation of the Bulge, the Siegfried Line was pierced, Lutzkampen falling 7 February 1945, Grosskampenberg on the 17th, and the key point, Roscheid, 20 February. After a brief rest, the Division crossed the Prum and Kyll Rivers, taking Gerolstein and Nieder Bettingen against violent opposition. Andernach and Brohl fell 9 March 1945, in the sweep to the Rhine. In the swing southward to clear the SaarMoselle-Rhine pocket, the Moselle River was crossed at Bullay and the Worms Airport captured, 21 March. After rest and maintenance, the Division drove across the Rhine at Oppenheim, took Hanau and Fulda, and headed for the Thuringian Forest, reaching Oberhof, 3 April. The offensive raced through Bavaria, Coburg falling on the 10th, Bayreuth on the 14th. In the final drive, the Division crossed the Regen River, 24 April, overran Grafenau and Freyung, and plunged toward the Danube, seizing Rohrbach, Neufelden, and Zwettl. The enemy put up his last fanatical resistance along the approaches to Linz, Austria, but the 11th entered that city, 5 May. Pushing onward, elements contacted Soviet forces, 8 May, the first unit of the Third Army, to meet the Russian armies. The war in Europe officially ended 9 May, and the Division was placed on occupational duty until inactivation.

Assignments in the ETO

13 December 1944: 12th Army Group.
19 December 1944: Ninth Army, 12th Army Group.
20 December 1944: First Army, 12th Army Group.
23 December 1944: VIII Corps, Third Army, 12th Army Group.
31 December 1944: XII Corps.
15 January 1945: VIII Corps.
12 March 1945: XX Corps.
16 March 1945: XII Corps.
24 March 1945: XX Corps.
1 April 1945: XII Corps.


Nickname: Thunderbolt. Shoulder patch: Same as the 1st Armored but with a number “11” in the upper portion of the triangle. Association: 11th Armored Division Association, c/o Armored Cavalry Journal, 1719 K Street NW, Washington, D. C. Publication: Thunderbolt, The Story of the 11th Armored; by unit members; TI&E, ETOUSA; distributor, 11th Armored Division Association; 1945.

11th Armored Division "Thunderbolt"

Divisional troops


22nd Tank Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
41st Tank Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
42nd Tank Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000


21st Armored Infantry Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
55th Armored Infantry Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
63rd Armored Infantry Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000

Other troops

Headquarters & Headquarters Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Hq & Hq Company, Division Trains 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Hq & Hq Company, Combat Command A (CCA) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Hq & Hq Company, Combat Command B (CCB) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Hq & Hq Company, Combat Command R (CCR) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
151st Armored Signal Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
56th Armored Engineer Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
41st Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
133rd Ordnance Maintenance Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
81st Armored Medical Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Military Police Platoon 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Band 00.00.0000-00.00.0000

355th CT, 89th Infantry Division 16.03.1945-21.03.1945
914th FA Battalion, 89th Infantry Division (105mm Howitzer) 16.03.1945-21.03.1945
C Company, 314th Engineer Combat Battalion, 89th Infantry Division 16.03.1945-21.03.1945
261st CT, 65th Infantry Division 28.03.1945-29.03.1945
328th CT, 26th Infantry Division 03.05.1945-06.05.1945


2 Platoons, A Company, 22nd Tank Battalion 87th Infantry Division 09.01.1945
41st Cavalry Recon Squadron 6th Armored Division 12.02.1945-21.02.1945
CC A 87th Infantry Division 24.02.1945-04.03.1945
- 42nd Tank Battalion 87th Infantry Division 24.02.1945-04.03.1945
- 63rd Armored Infantry Battalion 87th Infantry Division 24.02.1945-04.03.1945
- 490th Armored FA Battalion 87th Infantry Division 24.02.1945-04.03.1945
- 41st Cavalry Recon Squadron (less B Troop) 87th Infantry Division 24.02.1945-04.03.1945
- A Company, 56th Armored Engineer Battalion 87th Infantry Division 24.02.1945-04.03.1945


Sources & links:

US Army Center of Military History

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