3rd Armored Sherman tanks firing as artillery southeast of Stolberg, Germany, November 16, 1944. This was the furthest advance into Germany by any Allied force at that point in time (U.S. Army Signal Corp photo obtained and restored by 3AD.com in 2016).


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World War II - Cold War - Gulf War I & Desert Storm

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The complete 3AD.com website, founded in 2003, is undergoing technical revision and
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For now, please scroll down for a sample selection of postings:



Partial listing of video's posted by 3AD.com:
95 video's on Vimeo.com

 


 

Battle of Mons, Belgium, aftermath, September, 1944: 3rd Armored Div. troops are involved in marching thousands of German POW's to staging areas inside France. Town shown is Maubeuge, France, a few miles from the Belgium border. Original World Press International photo located in 2016 by Jim MacClay (3AD.com staff). 3rd Armored M5 Stuart light tank and crew is at right.




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 Cologne research results, featuring much 3AD footage.

Details and DVD order information ($19.99)

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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 3AD.com 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. (tribute continued)

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)





TIME Magazine Cover 1961
Major General Creighton Abrams
3rd Armored Division Commander, 1960-62

(for whom today's Abrams M1 battle tank is named)



"... [the 3AD] ready to fight with gunpowder or tactical nukes."

About TIME Cover Story

 


 

Battle of the Bulge, Belgium, Jan. 13, 1945: 3rd Armored Div. troops moving up to engage German forces. Original 1945 ACME Press photo located by Jim MacClay (3AD.com staff) in 2015 (yes, 70 years later) and believed never before published. Specific 3AD unit was not identified in the photo caption, but very likely the 36th Inf.





DRONES in the 1960's?
Below: A pioneer in the U.S. military's use of aerial 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 NATO 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

 



Contingent of 3AD troops at 1991 Victory Parade in Washington, D.C.

The Desert Storm Victory Parade in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 1991, included the above battalion-size formation of 3AD troops representing various units from throughout the Division. At the lead is Maj. Gen. Jerry R. Rutherford (third from right), followed by his staff. Rutherford had taken command of the 3AD from Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk in Kuwait following Desert Storm. The above Spearhead troops had flown from Germany for the event and are shown after crossing D.C.'s Memorial Bridge (with the Lincoln Memorial in distant background). About 9,000 U.S. military personnel from all branches took part in the parade, which included Constitution Ave. and ended at the Pentagon. (By 3AD.com staff)



 

Duel at Dessau - April 1945
3AD's "Super Pershing" vs. Germany's "King Tiger"
WWII's two most powerful tanks would meet in a momentary, violent encounter
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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.

Details of the Tank Duel




Below:
Weapons-of-Mass-Destruction
COLD WAR POCKET GUIDE

issued to 3rd Armored Division troops in West Germany

For complete enlarged Guide




 

3rd Armored Division Annual Reunion 1952, Philadelphia, PA
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33rd Armored Regiment, Co. "E"
Indiantown Gap, Pa. - May, 1943
original photo size: 33 inches wide
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BELOW: Section from above photo

THIS CLOSE-UP from the center of the top photo shows then Capt. William B. Lovelady (above front row, 2nd from left). Note the shiny Captain bars on cap. He later became commanding officer of the regiment's 2nd Bn, and, as a Lt. Col., would lead that battalion through all five European campaigns (1944-45). He was in charge of the 3AD task force that bore his name and was the first Allied unit to invade across the German border in WWII, the famous "Task Force Lovelady".




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