6th Armored Division
Division Trains was the unit responsible for keeping the Super Sixth supplied. In the case of a fast moving, hard hitting combat division like the 6th Armored Division, this was no easy task. Division Trains often had to run supplies hundreds of miles, sometimes through enemy-held territory, to keep the tanks running, the guns firing, and the soldiers fed. If you think the supply units had it easy, this document should change your mind. Even the band got into a fire fight, protecting gasoline stores from German paratroopers in Brittany. Musicians were killed and wounded in the skirmish.
This history was originally produced shortly after VE Day, while the division was still in Europe. It was mimeographed, and the copies are now getting hard to read, more than 50 years later.
This version is made possible through the efforts of Trains veterans Ed Pelligrom (Admin. Chief) and Clint Humphries (Comm Chief), and of Joe Grimes, son of S/Sgt Hubert Grimes (deceased). Joe, an Associate Member of the 6th Armored Division Association, retyped the entire document when the poor quality of the existing copies proved to be too much of a challenge for a scanner and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software.
NOTE: We have reproduced the document here just as it was published in 1945. We have not edited the content in anyway, though we take full responsibility for the introduction of any new typos.
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May 10, 1998 -- Created.