Accession Number:

ADA165927

Title:

THE LAST PURSUIT: The 2d Armored Division's Exploitation from the Rhine to the Elbe, 24 March-14 April 1945,

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Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS COMBAT STUDIES INST

Report Date:

1984-05-23

Pagination or Media Count:

125.0

Abstract:

At the end of March, 1945, the 2nd Armored Division broke out of the Ninth Armys Bridgehead over the Rhine in the vicinity of Wesel and began to race across the north German plain. On 1 April, after a frantic call from VII US Corps commander Collins, CB was diverted to Lippstadt to link up with the First Armys 3rd Armored Division and complete the encirclement of Germany Army Group B in the Ruhr industrial area. CCA, followed shortly by CCB, continued the drive across resistance. On 11 April, units of the division reached the Elbe and, after unsuccessful attempts to consolidate a bridgehead on the east bank, ceased active combat operations.

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Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE