818th Tank Destroyer Battalion

Unit History:  Activated on 15 December 1941 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  Arrived in North Ireland on 1 November, 1943.  Landed in France on D+36 with towed guns. Advanced across France during August and September to the area of Metz.  Supported operations along the Saar until December, then transferred to the Ardennes sector.  Participated in race across Germany beginning in March, 1945. Converted to M36's prior to mid-April.  Ended the war in Kienberg, Czechoslovakia.  Attached to: 5th, 26th Infantry divisions.  History text from the book The Tank Killers by Harry Yeide.  Used by permission.

Combat Equipment: 7/44 - M10; 2/45 - M36

Commanding Officers:  Major John E. Buxton (Original CO);  Lt. Col. John M. Reynolds (2/5/42);  Lt. Col. Clebert L. Hail (9/9/42)

Code Name/s:  Historic

Campaign Credits:    Normandy.......................Jun. 6, to Jul. 24, 1944

                                   Northern France...............Jul. 25, to Sept. 14, 1944

                                 Rhineland........................Sept. 15, 1944 to Mar. 21, 1945

                                 Ardennes-Alsace..............Dec. 16, 1944 to Jan 25, 1945

                                 Central Europe.................Mar. 22, to May 11, 1945

Awards:  Distinguished Unit Citation - 23-25 Dec 44, WD GO 79-47, Co A, 1st                                                                                   Platoon only

Location August 1945:  Burik, Germany

Additional Information/Materials:

1.)  818th Tank Destroyer Battalion website - Very detailed site, designed and constructed by Ronnie Boring and maintained by Robert Bowles.

2.)  History and Combat Operations - Unit History and overview of combat actions in the ETO.  Courtesy of the Tank Destroyer Association by L. L. Gill, TDA Historian.

3.)  Unit History - A short history from activation on December 15, 1941 through inactivation on October 30, 1945.  Courtesy of the Tank Destroyer Association by L. L. Gill, TDA Historian.

The following documents are from the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, Abilene, Kansas.

4.)  After Action Reports

          Oct. 23 - Nov. 30, 1944......4 Pages

          Dec. 1-31, 1944.................5 Pages

          Jan. 1-31, 1945.................5 Pages

          Feb. 1-28, 1945.................5 Pages

          March 1-31, 1945..............5 Pages

          April 1-30, 1945................5 Pages

          May 1-9, 1945...................6 Pages

5.)  Unit Histories

          Oct. 22-Dec. 31, 1944........9 Pages (Includes casualties & awards)

          Jan. 1-31, 1945.................7 Pages (Includes officer roster, casualties & awards)

          April 1-30, 1945................5 Pages (Includes officer roster, casualties & awards)

6.)  Misc. Documents

          Field Orders, 1944-45........5 Pages

             Short article on the 818th...1 Page

7.)  Photo Gallery