805th Tank Destroyer Battalion

Unit History:  105th Antitank Battalion redesignated 805th Tank Destroyer Battalion on 15 December, 1941.  Arrived in England 18 August, 1942.  Landed at Algiers 17 January, 1943.  Actions included Kasserine Pass and Gafsa.  Converted to towed 3-inch gun battalion in October 1943 (first to use them).  Debarked in Italy 28 October, 1943 at Bagnoli.  Shipped to Anzio beachhead 12 March, 1944.  Served largely as artillery even after re-equipped with M18's in June–August (only M18's in Mediterranean Theater of Operations).  TDs were part of advance guard at capture of Bologna and Brenner Pass.  Attached to: 34th, 85th, 91st Infantry divisions.  History text from the book The Tank Killers by Harry Yeide. ,Used by permission.

Combat Equipment:  2/43 - M3; 12/43 - Towed 3" Gun; 6/44 - M18

Commanding Officers:  Lt. Col. Allen H. Foreman;  Lt. Col. Camden W. McConnell (3-43)

Code Name/s:  Unknown

Campaign Credits:  Tunisia...........................Nov. 17, to May 13, 1942

                                Naples/Foggia..................Sept. 9, 1943 to Jan. 21, 1944

                                Rome Arno......................Jan. 22, to Sept. 9, 1944

                                North Apennines..............Sept. 10, 1944 to Apr. 4, 1945

                                Po Valley.........................Apr. 5, 1945 to May 8, 1945

Awards:  None

Location August 1945:  Camp Hood, TX

Additional Information/Materials:

1.)  805th's High Scoring Against the Nazis - This article appeared in the Camp Hood Newspaper and was provided courtesy of Bill Oettle, former President of the Tank Destroyer Society, who is shown in the photo.

2.)  Last Few Days of WWII for 2nd Platoon, B-Company of the 805th Tank Destroyer Battalion - Short article written by Bill Oettle about his experiences with the unit.  Cover page is dated Feb. 4, 1998 while Bill was Vice President of the Tank Destroyer Society.

3.)  Daily Operations Journals

               July 1-31, 1944.......................2 Pages

4.)  Po Valley Campaign - Link to the 752nd Tank Battalion website, which includes a section on the Po Valley.  The campaign included elements of the 805th Tank Destroyer Battalion.

5.)  Photo Gallery

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A new book about Basil Antonelli of the 805th Tank Destroyer Battalion has now been completed. The book was written by Dan Roberts of the Wilson History and Research Center and they are now taking pre-orders for the book.Click here for more information.

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6.)   Unit Historical Reports - from the Combined Arms Research Library of the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

             Jan. 17 to May 29, 1943...15 Pages (Includes casualty list)

             May 29 to Oct. 24, 1943.....2 Pages (Pages missing)

             Nov. 1-30, 1943................3 Pages

             Dec. 1-31, 1943................4 Pages

             Jan. 1-31, 1944................6 Pages (Difficult to read)

             Feb. 1-29, 1944................5 Pages (Some areas difficult, includes casualties)

             Mar. 1-31, 1944................4 Pages

             Apr. 1-30, 1944................4 Pages

             May 1-31, 1944.................5 Pages (Some pages very poor)

             Jun. 1-30, 1944................3 Pages (Very poor)

             Aug. 1-31, 1944...............3 Pages (Poor quality, difficult to read)

             Oct. 1-31, 1944................6 Pages (Some pages very poor)

             Nov. 1-30, 1944...............3 Pages (Awards and casualties throughout text)

             Dec. 1-31, 1944................5 Pages (Some areas difficult to read)

             Jan. 1-31, 1945................3 Pages

             Feb. 1-28, 1945...............4 Pages

             Mar. 1-31, 1945...............2 Pages (Very poor)

             Mar. 1-31, 1945...............4 Pages (Operations Report, some areas difficilt to read)

             Apr. 1-30, 1945.............. 3 Pages (Poor quality)

             May 1-31, 1945............... 4 Pages

7.)  Miscellaneous Documents - from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, Abilene, Kansas.

             Organization of TD Battalions, Dec. 3, 1941........................4 Pages

             Organization of TD Battalions, Jan. 30, 1942.......................1 Page

             Report of Combat Activity, April 15, 1943...........................5 Pages

8.)  Henderson Twins - Article in the Mormon Times on Ralph and Boyd celebrating their 90th birthday and remembering their life and times in the 805th Tank Destroyer Battalion.  Written by Jennifer Francis and published Oct. 31, 2008.