644th Tank Destroyer Battalion – Battle of the Bulge

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PantherLogo_260px644th Tank Destroyer Battalion
Operations in the Ardennes

Introduction
The 644th Tank Destroyer Battalion (SP)(Self Propelled) commanded by Lt Col Ephriam F. Gaham, sailed from the USA on January 2 1944, on board of the HMT Aquitania. The battalion landed in northern Ireland on January 13 and there continued its training with emphasis placed on indirect fire. The 644-TDB left the USA equipped with the 3 inch (76.2-MM) motor gun carriage, M-10, the vehicle it retained throughout its operations in Europe. On May 10 the battalion moved to Hungerford, England, where, along with more training, preparations were made for the move to the Normandy Peninsula. On July 11, the major part of the battalion moved across the English Channel while the remainder of the unit, under the control of its executive officer, Maj Edward R. Garton, landed also on Utah Beach one day later. On July 15, the 644-TDB was attached to the 8th Infantry Division and although elements of the battalion were from time to time attached to other divisions, the battalion itself remained so attached until early December 1944.

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5th Armored Division – December 1944

A column of U.S. troops from the 9th Armored Division, an armored car of the headquarters company, moving on winter road

A column of US troops from the 5th Armored Division, an armored car of the headquarters company, moving on a Belgian winter road during the Battle of the Bulge

After Action, December 1944 – (Secret) HQs 5th Armored Division
January 5, 1945, Report After Action Against Enemy – December 1944

Losses in Action
(a)Personnel :

Personnel
Officers
Enlisted men
Total
Killed in Action
9
158
167
Seriously Wounded in Action
4
138
142
Lightly Wounded in Action
42
632
674
Seriously Injured in Action
0
3
3
Lightly Injured in Action
1
83
84
Missing in Action
1
106
107
Total
57
1130
1187

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