707th TANK BATTALION

 

 


 

 
ACTIVATED
 
 20 September 1943, Camp Pine, New York. (out of 3d Battalion, 81st Armored Regiment, 5th Armored Division)
 
ARRIVAL EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO)
 
23 February 1944
 
ARRIVAL CONTINENT (FRANCE)
 
 1 September 1944
 
COMMANDING OFFICER (ETO)
 
  ( 1944 -  1945 )  
   
  Lt. Col. Richard W. Ripple  
     
   
 
 

 CAMPAIGNS (ETO)

 
  NORTHERN FRANCE ( 25 July 1944 - 14 September 1944 ) ( active )
  RHINELAND ( 15 September 1944 - 21 March 1945 ) ( active )
  ARDENNES-ALSACE ( 16 December 1944 - 25 January 1945 ) ( active )
  CENTRAL EUROPE  ( 22 March 1945 - 11 May 1945 ) ( active )
 

ARRIVAL BACK IN THE UNITED STATES

 

7 October 1945,  Boston Port of Embarkation

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

The 707th Tank Battalion, was originally deployed in England as part of the Ground Force Replacement System for training troops. However the shortage of tanks was so great that it was sent to France. The battalion entered combat while attached to the 28th Infantry Division early October 1944, near Krinkelt, Belgium. Participated in 28th Infantry Division's disastrous attack on Schmidt in November 1944, during which Company A was destroyed. Withdrew to Luxembourg 20 November 1944 for intensive rehabilitation. On 16 December 1944, the battalion found itself in path of the German Ardennes offensive and shattered. Company C put into defensive positions on Meuse River on 1 January 1945 while attached to 17th Airborne Division. The rebuilt battalion had a succession of attachments in April 1945, starting with the 76th Infantry Division on 2 April 1945, the 65th Infantry Division on 6 April 1945 en then the 89th Infantry Division. Last action at Neu Wursohnitz on 6 May 1945.

   
   
 

 

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