|610th Tank Destroyer Battalion|
Unit History: Activated on 11 April 1942 at Camp Barkeley, Texas, as a towed battalion. Arrived Greenock, Scotland, on 11 June 1944. Landed at Utah Beach on 31 July. Committed to action 10 August near Craon, France, and participated in elimination of Falaise Pocket. Raced east to the Moselle River by September. Converted to the M36 in September–October. Helped clear Maginot Line fortifications in November. Ordered to the Ardennes on 21 December. Helped eliminate the Bulge in January 1945. Battled through Siegfried Line in February near Brandscheid. Transferred back south in March. Crossed the Rhine at Worms on 29 March. Raced through central and southern Germany in April and reached the vicinity of Munich by month’s end. Ended war in Ingolstadt. Attached to: 4th, 26th, 35th, 42d, 80th, 87th Infantry divisions; 101st Cavalry Group. History text from the book The Tank Killers by Harry Yeide. Used by permission.
Combat Equipment: 8/44 - Towed 3" Gun; 11/44 - M36.
Commanding Officers: William L. Herold (KIA). Lt. Col. Arthur B. Jeffery (8/20/44). Walter A. Kantola (1/15/45). Einar M. Bergstrom (2/5/45).
Code Name/s: Nuisance, Highshoe
Campaign Credits: Northern France...............Jul. 25, to Sept. 14, 1944
Rhineland........................Sept. 15, 1944 to Mar. 21, 1945
Ardennes-Alsace..............Dec. 16, 1944 to Jan 25, 1945
Central Europe.................Mar. 22, to May 11, 1945
Location August 1945: Prum, Germany
The following link is to a website maintained by Terry D. Janes, author of the book Patton's Troubleshooters, which tells the story of the 80th Infantry Division and the 702nd Tank Battalion. Along with his book, Terry has many other items available for purchase relating to WWI and WWII. What caught my eye, was the many articles he has available, including a letter written by a Donald A. Stewart to his parents. Donald was part of the 610th Tank Destroyer Battalion which was attached to the 80th Infantry Division. His letter provides a basic history of the unit from the time they left New York in June of 1944 until May 26, of 1945 when he wrote the letter.
2.) The 610th Tank Destroyer Battalion (Apr. 10, 1942 - Dec. 7, 1945) - book by Maj. Roy T. McGrann (battalion intelligence officer) in 1946. The book has 146 pages.
3.) After Action Reports - from the Combined Arms Research Library of the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Aug. to Sep. 1944............11 Pages (includes casualties and awards listings)
Oct. 1 to 25, 1944.............2 Pages
Dec. 1 to 31, 1944.............8 Pages (S-2 Report)
Dec. 1 to 31, 1944.............7 Pages (S-3 Report)
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