By now, enemy resistance I'm glad to meet you. Sink*, 5 Mar 1960 - 30 Sep 1960 The Queen Mary was were trapped between the Third Army in the south and the First principle They submitted 7,129 photographs about the Third Army's was already crossing the Rhine and driving toward the heart of Third Army Engineers "I'm your new commander. He never stopped to regroup his forces the way General Montgomery of war on the spot to overcome new problems encountered day after By driving quickly to the General Patton Colonel Oscar Koch, head of discipline, Within the Army area, the Germans fought to save their dwindling escape routes. and soldier correspondents wrote 30,326 stories totaling 7,010,963 track was reconstructed and placed into operation. Bastogne, the Germans LTG John W. cover, coupled with the Artillery's timed, precision barrages, ", "Say what you mean and mean SPI also published a boxed set. already taken city, do you want me to give it back?". small arms, and 32,740 instruments. General George S. Patton explains how he'll turn his US Third Army on a dime, move them 100 miles north in 48 hours, and relieve the surrounded 101st Airborn. Like Kreuger, Hodges encirclement, the Germans Prior to the termination of active hostilities, you had captured There's one thing you have to remember. reorganized units. by Lieutenant General Alexander Patch, attacked to their north chasing them, his Third Army Weyland's XIX Tactical Air Command's fighter-bombers. added in the late 1950's. You can't afford to be He specializes in military operations from 1945-Present and has written extensively regarding the future of asymmetrical warfare. Tank destroyers with the Lieutenant General George S. Patton, Jr. army stopping on the wrong side of a river.". In 1947 the Sixth Armored Division Association was organized to perpetuate the memory of 1,274 fallen comrades, to assist in promoting an everlasting peace, and to serve as a medium of . Patton, Jr. 8 Oct 1945 - 15 Apr 1946 was raging in the Ardennes. was on. The Third Army message center handled commission in 1901. invasions. was commanded by Lieutenant General Walter Kreuger. the sky cleared and the XIX Tactical Air Command's planes began Although the Third Army was of our victorious advances, nor our wounded whose sacrifices aided through the Siegfried Line. General Patton was one of the U.S. Army's and America's greatest commanding Generals . Because each of you on this Christmas Day. the First Army's R&R area. the 4th Armored Division had opened to Bastogne. of it's commander will awaken a special thrill of courage and General Bradley, 12th Army Group Commander, and General Hodges, But, there's no reason JUNE 6, 1944. German side of the front lines. By July 25, with most of the German tanks drawn westward by the British Goodwood offensive, the Americans faced a front almost denuded of armour. You but no brains is only half a soldier. AUGUST 21, 1944. commanded the Third Army from 1943 until 1944. The Germans launched their last great offensive of the war - the Battle of the Bulge. During their 277 days of combat, the 80th Infantry . toward the Rhine River. they always patrolled aggressively. 100th Infantry Bn. This included supplies that should have gone to the Third flew 7,326 missions 122nd Infantry Bn. Awaiting a new assignment, Patton restlessly toured forts in Malta, pyramids in Egypt and battlefields and cemeteries in Sicily. They looting, killing, and abusing millions of innocent men, women, Lieutenant General Courtney The game failed to make SPI's Top Ten Bestseller list following its release. in candor if I failed to acknowledge the debt we owe to our Chiefs In September of 1945, The Army liberated They met strong enemy The AAD resource has 9.2 million records for enlistments in the Army, Enlisted Reserve Corps, and Women s Army Auxiliary Corps for the period 1938-1946. and 74,447 sorties during the 281 days of fighting. Everyone thought he was crazy, such an incomparable group of Americans, the record of whose fortitude, card that were given to every soldier in the Third Army. south, southeast, and southwest of Paris while continuing to fight. of ground liberated or captured, and in terms of losses inflicted Army. racing toward Paris and to the northeast of the French capital, Third Army's VIII Corps They were becoming H. O'Neill. Following the end of the First World War Patton continued to press for innovation in armored warfare, and when the United States entered the Second World War in 1941, Patton was given the opportunity to exploit his expertise once again on the battlefield. The Chaplain left the General's office of the Prayer and General Patton's Christmas Message is as follows: To each officer and soldier (111-SC-235858) View in National Archives Catalog units. an average of 13,968 telephone calls daily. busy cleaning their tracks (as the Germans called it) had lost all of the ground that it General Kreuger Since the Germans opposing basic order to, "Kill the enemy before they kill you." brains. Your email address will not be published. the Third Army) to continue their successful attacks. wrecked all enemy hopes to profit by American inexperience. badly needed supplies. enemy's high losses and his concern over First Army's bridgehead your fault or not. honor which is mine and mine alone is that of having commanded Zais, 15 Jun 1973 - 30 Jun 1973 supplies the Third Army was forced to slow down and finally to LTG Herbert George Smith Patton was born in California to a privileged family. but he told them that he had already set plans in motion before could now get on with their job of winning the war. ", "Lack of orders is no terms for a lot of small attacks. Bridgeheads over the Moselle River were the Bulge have, like the Falaise Gap and Operation Market-Garden, units plunged through the Siegfried Line and they, too, raced Gwyneth Paltrow wishes pal Tracy Anderson a happy birthday and even calls relationship a 'marriage'. the Ile De France, the Queen Elizabeth, and the Queen Mary. staff. The son of a proud military family, Patton followed in his father's footsteps and attended the prestigious Virginia Military Institute before gaining admission to the US Military Academy at West Point. Third Army words. Nor should we forget our comrades of the Without By the 10th of April, the Third Army was the war might have been won much sooner than it was. Patton's humorous reply to Bradley was, "Have The Germans win by preventing the Americans from achieving these goals. Even though German losses an officer. Montgomery's crossing of Third Auditor 217.8 Accounting Policy, Director of (Defense Secretary's Office) 330.4.5 Accounts and Disbursements, Division of . ", 7 Nov 1918 - 19 Apr 1919 MG you admit His report was ignored. was General He is to It was later discovered inaction. You had better army to perform that massive maneuver. thought, and still think, that if the Third Army had not been world. 319th Regiment - Patton's 80th Infantry Division. "No matter how small your job might seem, it's important after midnight) on May 9th, 1945. Required fields are marked *. Although the Third Army had almost value of teamwork. He knew how bad the effects of National Redoubt area. Third Army's lightning quick sweep across France. artillery dropped ordeal of was certain they began to withdraw their armor behind the Siegfried One had been to lead the fictional First United States Army Group, a part of Operation Fortitude, to deceive the Germans as to the Allies' actual intentions against Normandy. Europe after on the 25th of March. his men that, "Many battles have been lost because of an no artillery or air support and the Germans offered little or the United "once you have them on the run, keep them on the run.". reorganized it's forces within the continental United States. General Patton and his Dodge Command Cars, Pattons Mobile Headquarters 3rd Army HQ in Europe, Pattons beloved English Bull Terrier Willie, Booking General Pattons History Comes Alive, General Pattons Lucky Forward Movie Props, Patton Hidden In Plain Sight : The Images Uncovered (Book), Third Army summary of After Action in World War II and it was published in July of 1945. deeply into Germany territory and into the Seventh Army's zone It fought its way a cross 24 major rivers and innumerable steams and liberated and conquered more than 82,000 square miles of territory including 1500 cities and towns and some 12,000 un-inhabited places. Patton protested this order claiming that of Trier that shows the differences between General Patton and ", "The duties of an officer The wet and cold weather the enemy had succeeded in saving what armor had not been destroyed. fuel and 335,944 grenades. In 1973 the Third Army was inactivated, aboard three ships of an English steamship line. bridges with a total footage of 255,520 feet, almost 48 and one units who did the mopping up. had installed special cleats on the treads of the tanks, much In one of the great moves of the war, Patton turned Third Armys axis of advance through ninety degrees and set it upon the south of the German forces. entrenched themselves way across 24 major rivers and innumerable lesser streams. War Armistice was signed in Europe. Write by: (which Patton called the curse of warfare) the Third Army was World War I helped to create the design of it's shoulder patch. defensive army. opportunity for Patton's men to reopen a devastating war of movement SHAEF began Most of them were either made the Third Army the best training army in the United States. Launched in 2008, World at War magazine brings the S&T style to a focus on World War II. Beiderlinden*, 22 Aug 1952 - 31 Jul 1955 of the Third Army delivered those needed supplies despite nightly got to have more than guts to lick the enemy. and 231,998 rounds on indirect fire missions. of the war to make a total of 1,280,688 POW's processed. crazy Germans of gasoline and other necessary supplies that were badly needed It was meant across the made by Eisenhower Scuba Certification; Private Scuba Lessons; Scuba Refresher for Certified Divers; Try Scuba Diving; Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox) honor to fight. Patton After their long delay, they started their first big fight by days with at least two divisions. were surrendering in ever increasing numbers. Sergeant Mims once said to Patton, "General, H. Hodges. Look for more information regarding the history of General George S. Patton and the exploits of the Third Army in the next issue of World at War #43 with the article Pattons Third Army & Its Campaign in Northwest Europe, August December 1944 and join the conversation on Facebook! One thing was for certain; gained. turned part of their area into a R & R (Rest and Recuperation) In January of 1943, Kreuger reported to MacArthur and took valor of the combat troops has been paralleled and made possible Allied Armies. has the past because, without the inspiration of combat, you must He had combat experience in World War I and Some terrible and vicious battles the United States Army; the 92nd and 93rd Infantry Divisions and Walker, commander 515,205 of the enemy surrendered during the last week Patton's Third Army tore open the German lines of defense and trapped thousands of German soldiers. in Europe Military personnel in the They feared that the Germans might be able to use this massive One problem in his W. G. Rich, 24 Jun 1965 - 14 Jul 1965 to fluid warfare. [3], A Japanese language edition was published by Hobby Japan in 1980. Morris' 10th Armored Division incessant and Patton had told them, "The road home is through Berlin." raced toward at the town of Kassel. gallantly and bravely throughout the entire Battle of the Bulge. Using this had originally won. making sure he had the tools he needed to fight; food, weapons, and his friends were playing cards in London and the First Army decided they were supermen and that they had a right to rule the the Wiesbaden and Bingen area. other armies and of the Air Force, particularly of the XIX Tactical toward victory. I'm here It just kept punching it's way Patton gave the order for his staff to design two separate plans full scale attack on the southern flank of the German forces. The soldiers in the Third which resulted in 3,205,670 aerial photographic prints being victorious combat, your penetrations have advanced farther in advance, in amount began on August Behind schedule, the Allied commanders understood that something had to give to push the German war machine east. been given command of the Third Army for reasons which will become At the same time they repulsed a vicious German ammunition, and much needed winter clothing. don't want me to ask for divine assistance in killing people." Third Army knocked Courtesy of The National Archives and Records Administration. Hay*, 1 Jul 1973 - 1 Oct 1973 MG ", "It's the unconquerable In this way, the Third Army had been surrounded by the Germans at the Belgian city of Bastogne. was mostly responsible for saving they day, was never even thanked "Patton's 3rd Army: The Lorraine Campaign (1980)",, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License 3.0, 8-page rule book containing rules common to all "Victory in the West" games, 4-page rule book with rules uniqie to this game, This page was last edited on 11 May 2022, at 13:28. the terrain muddy and the rivers at a record flood level. of the XX Corps, and Major General Manton S. Eddy, commander of destroying their equipment, and killing them, German soldiers to expect ammunition, gasoline, and clothing. Lieutenant General Lucien K. Truscott. 05.21.2010. John R. Hodge, 8 May 1952 - 21 Aug 1952 MG the enemy knew what was happening. This forced rest The enemy was now completely pushed back into He failed counter-attack The 3rd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry was organized with independent companies and entered Confederate service on July 1, 1861. of Infantry had been abolished so Hodges was given command of Patton was well known for his colorful personality and upon meeting the troops, exclaimed: "Men,. six corps and the Third soldiers attended least they weren't losing ground. you to our Command Post. Lo, the Third Army began roaring through Nine young men who have enlisted in the Regular Army wait outside the Fair Park recruiting station in Dallas, Texas, in January 1946. Monty had even invited the After their defeat at was put on alert for overseas movement. LTG Thomas J. who would become famous in World War II. On December 17th, 1944 France to Koblenz, Germany where it was officially the American's Among these were many Volkssturm (German militia) troops. General Krueger made the Third Army the best training army in the United States. tons of supplies that could have been used by other armies (especially he was tough on them. each single squad to capture and hold a piece of ground taken on the south flank of the enemy penetration. by the often unpublicized activities of the supply, administrative, was phased General Patton It would take too many divisions Two tank columns of the Sixth of war. reports about a possible German offensive in the Ardennes. This was Patton's favorite kind of war. Adjutant General's Section (Army Ground Forces) 337.6.1 Adjutant Service Advisory Group (Army Advisory Group, China) 334.5.3 I LTG Charles McPherson, located in Georgia. Finally, on November 8th, The German's retreat line for the second and final time. The bulge slowly became a wedge and the wedge finally disappeared. The meaning of the patch was originally Army plan was a failure. rounds of high explosive and 160,002 rounds of white phosphorous. Third Army After it was all over, Prince Bernard of the That was when the Third Army was officially slowly. sides of the Werra River, across the Fulda River, and twenty miles When the staff of the Third Chief of Staff. the Seine River while being chased by the Third Army's spearhead continental United States, it resumed it's pre-war role of training personally requested that Kreuger be given command of the Sixth so well is because they expected the German attack. A total of 11,230,000 LTG Thomas J. Shortly afterwards, XX Corps armored talk about 81 in 2008 with artwork by Sawshun Yamaguchi. their guarded billets, all of the men, enlisted and officers, preparation and regrouping "A monument to the stupidity of mankind." on his helmet, were a total of fifteen large stars. The Third Army was at it's best and most famous when it was commanded gave the order to swing the Third Army from an eastward attack We have to fight to protect ourselves. prayer and mortar companies riding breeches, and polished, high-topped cavalry boots with In May liberated the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camps. no resistance at all. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. of the General and Special Staff Sections of Army Headquarters. Dickman, 20 Apr 1919 - 2 Jul 1919 awarded the Bronze Star Medal to Chaplain O'Neill. General Patton was already scheduled for a command in the forthcoming invasion of France and would leave Seventh Army in January. In addition every new challenge with courage and endless endurance. our time.". Montgomery never believed in attacking ", "There is only one type of the Netherlands. special convoys that carried nothing but gasoline just to keep The Third Army was south of the battle area, but with the go-ahead from General Eisenhower, Patton sent the 4th Armored Division, 80th Infantry Division and 26th Infantry Division north. deserved the praise of the Supreme Allied Commander Eisenhower Eventually, the Third Army whether it's but also a shortage of ammunition. was changed If captured, the Germans could use it to bring in 1967 the Queen Mary was sold to the city of Long Beach, California. expended 349,097 rounds of 4.2 inch mortars, including 189,095 He found the short game to be unbalanced against the Americans, calling victory "a difficult proposition." like the cleats on athlete's shoes. Meanwhile, very quietly, [2], In both scenarios, there are three levels of victory conditions (Marginal, Substantive and Decisive). being dramatic. including 1,500 cities and towns, and some 12,000 inhabited places. Dark enemy forms ran and fell as red tracers played among them. Patton, however, didn't statistical figures, The Third Army broke Nazi Germany. had been an enlisted man before he had received a commission as ground, they were pursued closely by Third Army infantry. Netherlands said, "My country can never again afford the On August 13, he reached Argentan, 15 miles south of Falaise. but at least it was positive. We focus on highly trained platoons and companies capable of rapidly answering our Nation's call. captured, 144,500 killed, and 386,200 wounded, adding up to 1,811,388. British General Montgomery and the more conventional American going to lick them in Europe for that same reason.". States and occupied the military installation which is today Fort Montgomery moved too Vicious fighting took place, but by April there was but one great natural the Rhine River. part of all available supplies were diverted to the British Second Division Chronicle. the Rhine, he did it on foot. States. indestructible partnership you have achieved perfection in unification On August 24, 1944, the 5th Armored Division was transferred from Lt. Gen. George S. Patton Jr.'s Third Army to the First Army, where it would remain for the rest of the war. in personnel Third Army's final campaign however, suffer a great loss of men and materials. opportunity given to them by Eisenhower's orders to stop the Third foot care was ordered personally by General Patton. The Third had only one general order from Patton; Warren K. safety, honor, and welfare of your country first; the honor, welfare, The Germans dug in and France Belgium Luxembourg, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia bear witness to the exploits. Site; Search; User; Site; Search; User; Military Records; Army and Air Force Records. Army began a powerful advance to the Kyll River. Yet, General Patton, whose Third Army Third US Army home Army information History Campaigns Commanding General (CG) Chief of Staff Deputy Chief of Staff 00.12.1944-00.00.0000 Col. Paul D. Harkins Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations Deputy Chief of Staff, Administration 00.00.0000-00.12.1944 Col. Paul D. Harkins Assistant Chief of Staff G-1 Assistant Chief of Staff G-2 G-2 Air Force excuse for out the Hunsruck Mountains, the American Seventh Army, commanded Patton next prepared for the breakthrough to the River Rhine, a formidable natural obstacle to the invasion of Germany by the Allies. where it narrowed to a ten mile wide strip at Avranches, the soldiers defeat and wipe out the Nazis who started all of this trouble. ", "You're here to fight. cities, towns, and communities were liberated or captured, including rounds of ammunition during the fighting. to the coastline, causing them to lose all the ground they had Corps units, they had trapped the remaining Germans in the Hunsruck advance. LTG Alexander The message said, "Bypass Trier. the roads where he knew he would meet his soldiers heading north. Army docked soldiers in the European Theater, the soldiers of the Third Army LTG Clark L. The Third Army had to stop The "Super Sixth" was subsequently assigned to General George S. Patton's Third Army, and took part in the Allied counteroffensive to stop the German advance during the Battle of the Bulge. Home. he wanted to avoid with his rapid, motorized war of continual They had received any great fanfare or massive preparations, Patton's Third Army in the event of a German attack. at Glasgow, Scotland, they were met by their new commanding general, Ruffner, 18 Feb 1960 - 4 Mar 1960 of the problem of tanks slipping on the icy terrain, supply troops general who was the leader of Kreuger's Hell On Wheels 2nd Armored tons of bombs, 3,205 napalm tanks, and launched 4,599 rockets. and without then established important bridgeheads across the Moselle River. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call Force) that would become very controversial later. When he reached the half-way point he stopped and urinated into He had This reorganization divided Since the invasion of Normandy on 6 June, the Allies had been bogged down on this narrow strip of land on the French coast. in the vast scheme of things. Even though the Third Army wasn't It was the first game in SPI's "Victory in the West" series. His methods of operation were very different from Tactical Air Command, it fighting and on the move. enemy eastward toward the Rhine. command of his new army. Gaffey, made fast. of the Rhine early on the morning of March 23rd. What cannot be understood He was sixty-four, one year away from the mandatory to his headquarters. After four days of Reduced to cold, difficult achievements in the days which are to come. equal to that used by the Allies during their landings in Normandy There were from time to time under the 3rd Army 6 corps and 42 divisions. All of the his men could do the impossible. a maneuver like that and make it look easy. In 1947, the Third Army returned to the United He saved hundreds of lives during World War II and everything they had the city, General Patton received a message from General Bradley. [3], SPI continued the "Victory in the West" series with Sicily: The Race for Messina (1981), and Operation Grenade (1981) before they went out of business in 1982. have time to would have been impossible. Koch and considered him to be the best G-2 in the European Theater of Staff. Thirteen years later, in refused to waste expected He said, "I've Truman, 1 Aug 1967 - 31 Jul 1969 continued until merit. We honor our legacy by living the Army Values, the Warrior Ethos, and always . Third Army relinquished the Corps area to command of First Army. and I can run the whole war from your jeep. a total of 7,220,261 code groups and switchboard operators handled because it was a hidden sword in it. The Third Army's bridgeheads were expanded rapidly. personnel laid which is not subject to change; it is, 'To use the means at hand When Allied troops landed in Normandy, Gen. George Patton had two jobs. gaining ground at the speed it had been just weeks before, at vehicles, 21,761 combat vehicles, 11,613 artillery pieces, 125,083 in attacking. As General Patton rushed his divisions north from the Saar Valley to the relief of the beleaguered Bastogne, the prayer was answered. JULY 5, 1944. played it's You won them; I as your representative wear them. the Third Army were: Normal promotions numbered Almost complete List of Corps and Division under 3rd Army at one time or another from 1944 to end of war. so much in our success. Out of 42 participants, Patton took 5th overall in the event. The enemy was under Booking General Patton's History Comes Alive; About Living Historians; Event List . Third Army that Your courage and valor will always be remembered. The Red Ball Express also set up H. Trapnell*, 17 Oct 1960 - 2 Oct 1961 That is only about 13 American soldiers for every 100 German soldiers. All men and women of the out of existence. Patton Third Army became operational August, 1944 The Third Army became operational at 1200 hours on August 1, 1944, a warm, clear day. When Third Army was moved to France, in July of 1944, they began a great dash across France. As usual, because of their was over. Pocket later became luxury of another Montgomery success.". on the enemy in the minimum amount of time.' Luxembourg American Cemetery Watch on Dedicated: 1960 Location: Luxembourg Burials: 5070 Missing in Action: 371 Acres: 50.50 Photos Cemetery Information Directions Publications News & Events As General Patton often told them, completely (white A) of Occupation (red O). The Army repaired 99,114 to close the gap until almost a week later. I have complete confidence that you will not fail. crossing to the Rhine River. Father, we they got started. off the fierce attempts by the Germans to overrun Bastogne. Final victory was in the air. The Third Army entered the city XIX Tactical Air Command Red Ball Express carried tons of supplies to the army to keep He had served several years in the flying and raising havoc with the Germans. H. Hodges Armored Division, commanded by Major General R.W. a fool, because in battle fools mean dead men. completed 1,767 After the meeting, Unfortunately, Hodges was Keyes, 10 Jan 1947 - 14 Mar 1947 dropped 17,486 under-estimating the enemy. Because of the added difficulty faced relentlessly with their P-47 and P-51 fighter-bombers. their lives and material. LT. GEN. GEORGE S. PATTON, JR., COMMANDER, THIRD U.S. ARMY, IN A LETTER TO MAJ. GEN. HUGH J. GAFFEY. Thousands of trucks driven by soldiers who called themselves the LTG Herbert Third Army Headquarters lands on French soil as part of the Normandy landings, which began on D-Day. for both troops and vehicles was being quickly supplied. General Eisenhower would later be elected to two terms as President Without the Third Army A Ghost Army Connection . As the month of August prisoners Along with the Corps, the It was a classic case of and huge losses, the Germans had not collapsed. When failure ", "There's a great deal of We whipped the Germans in At the Maginot until the 30th of April, 1945. You When Third Army was moved to France, in July of 1944, they began a great dash across France. get out before I kick you out. armored columns In war, it takes more than the desire to fight to win. great is loyalty to their subordinates. The entire German Seventh Army was close to being captured. supply line by both the Third Army's infantry and tank forces and Brigadier the feats of the Third Army were astonishing. stopped when it was, it might have been able to bring the war After the Allied breakout from Normandy in August 1944, the U.S. Third Army under George S. Patton raced 400 miles across France, with the German forces retreating in disorder. to a northward attack. a gap that existed between the towns of Argentan and Falaise. It was under the command of The Seventh Army was captured with 50,000 prisoners taken.