Patton’s Vanguard

The United States Army Fourth Armored Division

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About the Book

Stirring accounts of the almost legendary campaigns of the United States Fourth Armored Division, universally recognized as “Patton’s Best,” from its pre–World War II origins up through its famous relief of the 101st Airborne Division during the Battle of the Bulge are presented in this book. The break out of Normandy at Avranches, the isolation of the Brittany peninsula, the armored thrust across France, the tank battles at Arracourt that cemented the reputation of the Fourth Armored, the brutal struggle in Lorraine, and, ultimately, the legendary drive to Bastogne are among the topics.
The accounts were assembled through the use of original unit combat diaries and after-action reports, memoirs of key historical figures and abundant supplementary documents and correspondences. But the essence of the book are the first-hand recollections from members of the division gathered by the author. With maps, drawings and photographs.

About the Author(s)

Don M. Fox serves on the Board of Directors of the Army Historical Foundation and resides in Jacksonville, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Don M. Fox
Foreword by Martin Blumenson
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 496
Bibliographic Info: 72 photos, maps, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2007 [2003]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3094-9
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5516-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v

List of Terms and Abbreviations      ix

Foreword      1

Preface      3

Introduction: Name Enough      7

1. Birth      11

2. Baptism      34

3. Breakout and Pursuit      56

4. The Encirclement of Nancy      101

5. A Legend Is Born      126

6. Rest      167

7. Back on the Offensive      174

8. The Relief      221

9. Pressing Toward Germany      233

10. The Battle for Singling      242

11. Recuperation      263

12. The Stage Is Set      270

13. Out of the Mist      284

14. Patton to the Rescue      295

15. Task Force Ezell      311

16. Nuts!      325

17. The Arlon-Bastogne Highway      336

18. Bigonville      358

19. Chaumont      370

20. Breakthrough      397

21. Widening the Corridor      417

22. Hitler’s Last Gamble      427

23. The Aftermath      447

Epilogue      457

Appendix A: The Units and Their Commanders      461

Appendix B: U.S. Armored Division-Organization and Weapons      463

Bibliography      465

Military Unit Index      471

General Index      477

Book Reviews & Awards

Winner, Royal Palm Book of the Year Award—Florida Writers Association
“a unit history worthy of the 4th’s exploits…highly readable…informative…an excellent job of describing the 4th’s victories…unflinching about its defeats…the action is conveyed well…larger, more detailed…well told”—ARMY.