825th Tank Destroyer Battalion

Unit History:  Activated on 10 August, 1942, at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma.  Reorganized as a towed battalion in July, 1943.  Assigned to Communications Zone and 12th Army Group security duties between August and December 1944.  On 17 December, the battalion entered combat near Malmedy, Belgium.  Returned to security duties on 16 January, 1945.  Attached to: 30th Infantry Division.  History text from the book The Tank Killers by Harry Yeide. Used by permission.

Combat Equipment: 12/44 - Towed 3" Gun

Commanding Officers:  Lt. Col. Rudolph H. Mieding

Code Name/s:  Highway

Campaign Credits:   Northern France...............Jul. 25, to Sept. 14, 1944

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

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

Awards:  None

Location August 1945:  Verdun, France

Additional Information/Materials:

1.)  Unit History - This 62 page document includes 19 pages of history, an awards and decorations page, a roster of each company and the medics, a list of those KIA and a list of where the unit was stationed and when.  It was published in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1945 and was the possession of Pvt. Robert W. Letson, who was a member of Headquarters Company.  He had a number of other HQ company members sign the book.

2.)  Unit Histories-from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Abilene, Kansas.

             1942..................................2 Pages

             1943..................................6 Pages (Includes 1 award)

             1944-1945..........................6 Pages

3.)  After Action/Activity Reports - from the Combined Arms Research Library of the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Abilene, Kansas (*).

             Sep. 1-30, 1944....................1 Page

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

             Nov. 1-30, 1944...................1 Page

             Dec. 1-31, 1944..................13 Pages

             Dec. 17-31, 1944..............6 Pages (AAR, Partial with map overlays)(*)

             Dec. 17, 1944-Jan. 17, 1945..3 Pages (AAR, Co. A)(*)

             Jan. 1-30, 1945....................3 Pages

             Jan. 1 to 17, 1945................2 Pages (AAR, Partial with map overlay)

             Feb. 1-28, 1945...................1 Page

             Mar. 1-31, 1945...................3 Pages (Includes awards)

             Apr. 1-30, 1945.................10 Pages

             May 1-31, 1945...................3 Pages (Includes awards)

             June 1-30, 1945..................2 Pages (Includes awards)

4.)  Miscellaneous Documents-from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Abilene, Kansas.  Also courtesy of the Tank Destroyer Association by L. L. Gill, TDA Historian. (*)

             Cadre Files and Personnel Listings, 1942-1943.......................15 Pages

             North Dakota Governor Ltr, Sept. 21, 1943.............................2 Pages

             Stars & Stripes Article, Dec. 19, 1944.....................................1 Page

             Awards & Decorations, 1944-1945.........................................4 Pages

             Page from TDA newsletter-Co A at Stavelot, BE......................1 Page (*)

5.)  Action Front Newspaper/Newsletter - A weekly publication of the 825th Tank Destroyer Battalion

             September 17, 1943 - Relating the unit's 37 day's in Devil's Lake, North Dakota, to assist with the harvest.

             October 30, 1943 - Various subjects           

6.)  Photo Gallery

7.)  Wikipedia Entry for the 825th Tank Destroyer Battalion