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Very Brief 3rd Army History

Very Brief 3rd Army History

General Patton was one of the U.S. Army's and America's greatest commanding Generals . When Third Army was moved to France, in July of 1944, they began a great dash across France. The Germans launched their last great offensive of the war - the Battle of the Bulge. In one of the great moves of the war, Patton turned Third Army's axis of advance through ninety degrees and set it upon the south of the German forces. By January 1945, the remainder of the process of closing up to the Rhine could be completed. Vicious fighting took place, but by April there was but one great natural the Rhine River. However, the bridgehead was won, and Third Army embarked on another great eastward dash. In May liberated the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camps. 3rd army spent 281 days of incessant victorious combat, penetrations have advanced further in less time than any other army in history. 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. The 3rd Army captured in battle 956,000 of the enemy and killed or wounded over 500,000 others. France Belgium Luxembourg, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia bear witness to the exploits. There were from time to time under the 3rd Army 6 corps and 42 divisions. Your courage and valor will always be remembered.

Almost complete List of Corps and Division under 3rd Army at one time or another from 1944 to end of war. Here is a the Third Army summary of After Action in World War II and it was published in July of 1945.

3rd Army

III Corps
V Corps
VIII Corps
XII Corps
XV Corps
XX Corps

1st Ind Div
2nd Inf Div
4th Inf Div
5th Inf Div
8th Inf Div
26th Inf Div
28th Inf Div
29th Inf Div
35th Inf Div
42th Inf Div
65th Inf Div
69th Inf Div

70th Inf Div
71st Inf Div
76th Inf Div
79th Inf Div
80th Inf Div
83rd Inf Div
86th Inf Div
87th Inf Div
89th Inf Div
90th Inf Div
94th Inf Div
97th Inf Div
99th Inf Div

4th Armd Div
5th Armd Div
6th Armd Div
7th Armd Div
8th Armd Div
9th Armd Div
10th Armd Div
11th Armd Div
12th Armd Div
13th Armd Div
14th Armd Div
16th Armd Div
20th Armd Div

17th Airborne Div
101st Airborne Div
2nd French Div

6th Cavalry Group

There are many other units not quit division size and some omissions at the moment till other sources are documented.

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