I came across your inquiry on a search for Task Force Fickett. Back in the 1960s I had a couple of interviews with Col. Edward Fickett, who had commanded the 6th U.S. Cavalry as a horse regiment in the 1930s. I had read about the 6th Cavalry in the Official History, and I later worked with the regimental historian when the unit was re-activated at Ft. Mead Maryland in 1967. My son spent his first tour as weather officer (USAF provides weather officers to the army) for its latest reincarnation as the 6th ACCB at Ft. Hood Texas in the early 1980s. My renewed curiosity was prompted by seeing the 6th Cavalry Museum at Fort Oglethorpe GA on a recent trip with my wife.
Colonel Fickett had been injured in an automobile accident in England prior to D-Day. The regiment was underanother commander (whose name escapes me) when it went to France as part of Patton's 3rd Army. During the breakout from Normandy the regiment was broken up into small patrols in armored cars and armored jeeps and used by Patton to keep track ofhis spearheads as they fanned out across the Cotentin Peninsula. In that capacity they were known as "Patton's Household Cavalry."
When Fickett returned from convalesence he asked Patton for his old regiment back, and under his command it was reconfigured into Task Force Fickett. The Task Force was also known as the 6th Cavalry Group, and included the originalregiment of (I think) 2 squadrons each of 3 armored car companies, 1 light tank company, and 1 75mm self propelled gun company. The task force also had two permanently attachedtank destroyer companies as well as a varying mix of other arms. This included engineer elements of various sorts and a chemical mortar company.
Task Force Fickett was prominent in the Battle of the Bulge, including screening and supporting Creighton Abrams Combat Command of the 4th Armored Division which broke through to the garrison ofBastogne. It had a very successful combat record from its activation in late 1944 through the end of the War in Europe.