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The Third Armored Division

is a World War II tank division which saw combat from June 1944 to September 1945. The 3AD was activated in April 1941 and began its training at Camp Polk, Lousiana. After training at Camp Polk and in the Mojave Desert the division was moved to Western Engalnd to finish its training. On June 24, 1945 the 3AD was deployed from Somerset, England into Northern France. The division landed at Omaha Beach and began its long campaign East and North into Germany.

(A map of that route can be seen below)

For research information please see the 3AD Archives tab at the top of this page.

Route Map of the 33rd Armored Division (April 1941-October 1945)

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Other route maps: (32nd, 36th, and 486th Regiments)

3AD WWII Photo Timeline (July 1944-September 1945)

Street scene in St. Fromand, France, July 1944

3AD Division headquarters convoy passing through St. Fromand, France, July 1944

Street scene in Neuilly La Foret, France, July 3, 1944

3AD tank operators in western Germany, November 1944

3AD Division headquarters convoy crossing "dragon's teeth" of Siegfriend Line near Kornelimunster, Germany, September, 15, 1944

3AD soldier standing near half-track vehicle in Aachen, Germany, 1944

Stolberg, Germany, September, 22, 1944

Bivouac style encampment on Hanz Prym estate near Stolberg, Germany, October, 22, 1944

Bivouac style encampment on Hanz Prym estate near Stolberg, Germany, October, 22, 1944

.German boy rollerskating in near rubble in Aachen, Germany, 1944

3AD soldier near Ardennes Forest, Germany, 1944

Snowy landscape near Ardennes, Forest, Germany, 1944

Church in Helbronval, Belgium, January, 14, 1945

3AD engineers with pheasant near Havelange, Belgium, January, 1, 1945

Road intersection scene in Hebronval, Belgium, January, 14, 1945

Pontoon bridge across Roer River at Mariaweiler, Germany, February, 26, 1945

German prisoners and civilians in Arnoldsweiler, Germany, February, 26, 1945

Scene of damaged church in town of Arnoldsweiler, Germany, February, 26, 1945

Damaged Sherman M4 tank in Arnoldsweiler, Germany, February, 26, 1945

Scene of street and castle in Stolberg, Germany, February 13, 1945

3AD soldiers in Stolberg, Germany, February 14, 1945

Sign and dog outside of Cologne, Germany, March, 1945

Scene of bombed street near Rhine riverfront in Cologne, Germany, March, 9 , 1945

Scene of bombed street and Sherman M4 tank in Cologne, Germany, March, 9, 1945

Scene of bombed street near Rhine riverfront in Cologne, Germany, March, 9, 1945

Damaged Cologne Cathedral and Mark V Panther tank in Cologne, Germnay, March 7, 1945

Scene of destroyed Hohenzollern Bridge over Rhine River in Cologne, Germany, March, 12, 1945

3AD headquarters convoy in intersection of bombed Morshenick, Germany, February, 27, 1945

Cemetary in Morschenick, Germany, February 27, 1945

Damaged Tiger tank in Elsdorf, Germany, March, 2, 1945

Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp, Nordhausen, Germany, April, 11, 1945

German men of nearby Nordhausen, Germany dig mass graves at Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp, April, 1945

3AD decoration ceremony in Darmstadt, Germany, May, 18, 1945

Swimming pool at Sportsplatz in Darmstadt, Germany, May, 18, 1945

View of New York skyline from the Marechal Joffre, New York Harbor, October, 1, 1945

Regiments of the Third Armored Division (1st Army)

Foreward of Spearhead into the West.

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Click to read Spearhead in the West.

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General Information and Sources of 3AD Regiments

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-33rd Armored Regiment

        -33rd Logbook, (June 1944-April 1945)

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-36th Armored Regiment

          -36th Regimental History, (April 1941-April 1944)

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-32nd Armored Regiment

     -32nd War Diary, (July 1944-May 1945)

Nordhausen Concentration Camp (Mittelbau-Dora)

Remembering Dora-Mittelbau; Blog Post

Map of Nordhausen and surrounding area,  Third Armored Division Archives Andrew Barr map collection.

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Nordhausen Concentration Camp Memorial website.

 

  

Original Films of Nordhausen Concentration Camp (Graphic)