824th Tank Destroyer Battalion

Unit History:  Activated on 10 August, 1942, at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma.  Reorganized as a towed battalion in May 1943.  Arrived at Marseilles, France, on 29 October, 1944.  Deployed near Sarrebourg on 27 November.  Fought around Bitche and against Siegfried Line in December.  Battled German Nordwind offensive in January 1945. Converted to M18's in March and crossed the Rhine on the last day of the month.  Joined the stiff fight at Heilbronn on 8 April and then advanced to the Austrian border by month’s end.  Cleared the Bavarian mountains and took Innsbruck in early May.  Attached to: 45th, 100th, 103d Infantry divisions; 106th Cavalry Group.  History text from the book The Tank Killers by Harry Yeide.  Used by permission.

Combat Equipment: 12/44 - Towed 3" Gun; 3/45 - M18

Commanding Officers:  Maj. Clint H. Smith

Code Name/s:  Warlike

Campaign Credits:   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

Awards:   None

Location August 1945:  Fort Jackson, SC

Additional Information/Materials:

1.)  Detailed History, Organization Charts and Equipment info - Located on the 100th Infantry Division website.

2.)  Panther Soup, book by John Gimlette - Author follows the path of the 824th Tank Destroyer Battalion as guided by archival research on the unit and a veteran of the unit, Putnam Flint.  This is not a "history" of the unit but may have some valuable information.  The book came out in 2008, so it is still available through most booksellers.  The link I have included is for Amazon's listing.  The book is 400 pages and was published by Alfred A. Knopf of New York.  I do have a copy of this book and would be willing to look through it closer if you have a particular question about it.

3.)  Company B Photo - Taken while the unit was stationed at Camp Hood, TX.  The photo was provided courtesy of Mel Lavin who I have identified in the photo with a red arrowWARNING - LARGE FILE

4.)  Group Photo on Ship - This is an unidentified group from the 824th, probably taken on their trip home from Europe.  The photo was provided by Lance Mallinson, who is the son of Walter L. Mallinson of C Company.

5.)   Unit Historical Reports - from the Combined Arms Research Library of the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

               Aug. 10, 1942-Nov. 28, 1944.......8 Pages (Some areas difficult to read)

               Mar. 14, 1944.............................6 Pages (S.O.P. Standard Operation Procedures)

               Nov. 28-Dec. 31, 1944..............10 Pages (Includes casualties)

               Jan. 1-31, 1945.......................11 Pages (Includes awards and casualties)

               Feb. 1-28, 1945.........................7 Pages (Includes casualties)

               Mar. 1-31, 1945.......................10 Pages (Includes casualties)

               Apr. 1-30, 1945.......................16 Pages (Some areas poor, includes casualties)

               May 1-10, 1945.........................6 Pages

               May 11-31, 1945.......................5 Pages (Some areas difficult to read. Includes awards)

               Jun. 1-Sep. 11, 1945.................3 Pages (Includes awards list)

6.)  Daily TD Reports - from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, Abilene, Kansas.

              April 25-30, 1945....................10 Pages

              May 1-4, 1945..........................8 Pages

7.)  General Orders - Issued by the 103rd Infantry Division for awards to unit members.  Courtesy of Tom Hubred.

                  Part 1.....................................17 Pages

                  Part 2.....................................16 Pages

                  Part 3.....................................16 Pages

                  Part 4.....................................15 Pages

8.)  Miscellaneous Documents - from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, Abilene, Kansas.

              Org. of TD Bn's in August, 1942, May 5, 1942...................................3 Pages

              S.O. #181, 899th Personnel transferred to the 824th, July 17, 1942....2 Pages

              Organization History, May 11-31, 1945.......................6 Pages (Includes awards)

              Troop Assignment #147, June 12, 1945...................18 Pages