Battle of the Bulge, Belgium, Jan. 13, 1945: 3rd Armored Div. troops moving up to push back German forces. Original 1945 ACME Press photo located by Jim MacClay ( staff) in 2014 and believed never before published. Specific 3AD unit was not identified in the photo caption, but very likely the 36th Inf.
3rd Armored Division History Foundation
An Internet archive of the U.S. Army's famous "Spearhead" Division
World War II - Cold War - Gulf War I & Desert Storm

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Below: "March 1945 - Duel at the Cathedral" Video
DVD released in Germany in early 2015; can now be ordered in the USA (English version).
Over two hours of Battle of Cologne research results, featuring much 3AD footage.

Details and order information ($19.99)


3AD WWII veteran Bill Ruth
passes away on August 20, 2015

William (Bill) B. Ruth, Sr., long-time Board member and two-time past President of the 3rd Armored Division Association, passed away on August 20, 2015, at age 93 after a brief illness. He served with Service Co. of the 33rd Armored Regiment throughout all five European battle campaigns of the 3AD during 1944-45. He is sadly missed by his Army buddies and by many veterans of the 3AD of all era's. He was an early consultant and a vital inspiration in the establishment of the website in 2003. Beginning in 1999 Bill was instrumental in prodding the History Channel to create a 3AD film documentary, which resulted directly in the 2002 release of the classic "Rolling Thunder - The True Story of the 3rd Armored Division." Into his early 90's, Bill remained enthusiastic and active with other veterans groups, including the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge and the all-era younger 3AD group, the Association of 3d Armored Division Veterans, which had formed in 1998. (continue)

See PDF of Bill's induction in 2010 into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame
(Article in the 3AD Newsletter of May 2011, including additional photos)

Below: A pioneer in the U.S. military's use of DRONES, the 503rd Aviation Bn
of the 3AD is shown in West Germany on the frontline of the Cold War in 1965.

(from Spearhead Newspaper 9/3/1965)

3AD Victory at Canadian Army Trophy (CAT) 1987
"The World Series" of Battle Tank Competition

1st Platoon, D Company, 4-8 Cavalry, 3rd Armored Division - 19 June 1987

Members of 1/D/4-8 Cav celebrate their great win at Grafenwoehr, Germany, over NATO's best tank crews. First Row (kneeling) from left: PFC Brent S. Berry, PFC Steven E. Kuhn, SGT David Wills, SPC Robert W. Perez, PFC Carl N. Voke (RIP), SSG Daniel Mariano, SGT Eric Knox, SPC Bradley J. Wellendorf (holding plaque), 1LT Pierre E. Massar, and 1SG Gary Fravel. Second Row from left: SPC David M. Segrest, SGT Sean Banks, SPC David J. Thornton, SSG Kenneth Pridgen, SFC William G. Kemmits, SGT James Flaherty, and CPL Jeffrey Norman. (Photo from Steven Kuhn)

Below: Elements of 3rd Brigade, 3AD, regroup in Iraq
following Desert Storm combat in February, 1991.

A never-before-published photo from SFC Gregory Berge (US Army, Ret.), NCOIC of 3rd Brigade S-5


The Duel at Dessau - April 1945
3AD's "Super Pershing" vs. Germany's "King Tiger"
WWII's two most powerful tanks met in a quick historic encounter

Top Photo: The "Super Pershing" T26E4, a modified standard Pershing T26, is shown at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, in early 1945 shortly before being shipped to the 3rd Armored Division inside Germany via England. Bottom Photo: The legendary 77-ton German King Tiger, or Tiger II.

Only two Super Pershings were ever built and the 3AD had the only one in the war - an experimental version with its remarkably long barrel. Arriving very late for combat (March, 1945), it was assigned to the 3AD's 33rd Armored Regiment and field tested inside Germany. Additional armor plating was added and other modifications made.The Super Pershing, now at 53 tons, was equipped with a new 90mm gun that was designed to out-perform the devastating high-velocity 88mm on the King Tiger.

The Super Pershing subsequently saw about ten days of actual combat action, beginning several days after the Battle of Paderborn and ending inside the city of Dessau near the Elbe River. Only three days before the 3AD's final combat of WWII, the Super Pershing and its 33rd AR crew would finally have its chance against a King Tiger. The German tank, apparently waiting in ambush on a Dessau street, fired first but shot high. An instant reply by the American crew also failed, as their high-explosive round ricocheted off the King Tiger's huge angled front plate. Then just as the German monster was moving forward and raising up over a pile of rubble, an armor-piercing round from the Super Pershing penetrated the Tiger's underbelly, apparently striking the ammo well and resulting in a tremendous explosion that blew its turret loose and very likely killed its entire crew.

Unfortunately both of the only Super Pershings ever built were scrapped shortly after the war and forever lost as treasured Army museum pieces. Of the 33rd AR crew in Germany, only two names are known: the tank commander, Staff Sgt. Joseph Maduri of Massachusetts, and the tank's gunner, Corporal John P. Irwin of Pennsylvania.



issued to 3rd Armored Division troops in West Germany

  This worn, original, one-sheet guide (circa. 1962, shown here enlarged) folded to 2.5 x 3.5 inches, and gave the very basics of what to do if the unthinkable happened. Given these unsettling times today (in 2015), this guide is still largely relevant, but more current updated reading should also be pursued.

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