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Sturmgeschutz III Knocked Out by the Fourth Armored Division

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Sturmgeschutz III ausf G turmnummer (turret number) 121 hit by American anti-tank fire from the Fourth Armored Division, XII Corps,Third Army. It appears the vehicle had been pierced at least three times. After a six week pause in offensive operations to recover from repelling the German offensive in the Ardennes, the Fourth Armored Division joined the rest of XII Corps in pushing into Germany. On March 4, 1945, The Division was encamped near Bitburg, Germany (later to be made famous in 1985 as the proposed site of President Ronald Reagan‘s speech at the German War Cemetary, which contained SS graves). Over the next fifty hours, Brevet Lieutenant Colonel (later Major General and Army Chief of Staff) Creighton W. Abrams Jr. (September 15, 1914 – September 4, 1974) drove Combat Command B of the Fourth Armored forty-four miles (70 kilometers) in fifty hours, capturing 5,000 German prisoners and causing the front to collapse. On March 7, the Fourth Armored was on the Rhine. Major General George S. Patton‘sThird Army began to drive around the German First and Seventh Armies to cut them off from the Rhine River and annihilate them. Despite Reichskanzler (Reichchancellor) Adolf Hitler‘s order not to withdraw, Generalfeldmarschall (Field Marshall) Albert Kesselring permitted a withdrawal behind the Rhine. On March 25, the Fourth Armored and Patton‘sThird Army crossed the Rhine in pursuit.
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Date Photographed March 04, 1945
City Bitburg
State or Province Rhineland
Country Germany
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