Greetings, Jay Reid !!!
Sounds like you have a winner in your scout
car. I would like to see the scan your good wife made for you. (My daughter, Jacki, handles such technical matters for me.)
The 1st Amrored Division had a long, impressive combat history.
Briefly, it participated in these campaigns:
Algeria-French Morocco, in North Africa,
8 Nov 42 / 11 Nov 42;
Tunesia, North Africa, 17 Nov 42 / 13 May 43;
Naples-Foggia, Italy, 9 Sep 43 / 21 Jan 44;
Anzio, 22 Jan 44 / 24 May 44;
Rome-Arno, 22 Jan 44 / 9 Sep 44;
North Apennines, 10 Sep 44 / 4 Apr 45;
Po Valley, 5 Apr 45 / 8 May 45.
(Actually, the war in Italy ended 2 May 45, but Stanton lists the 8th as victory day).
The division was in the area of Lake Garda when the war was winding down , moving to NW of Milan on 1 May 45.
I find that the 1st AD sailed to Europe via four ships as follows:
1. Sailed alone from NY P/E 11 May 42, the
QUEEN MARY; arrived Firth of Clyde, Scotland, 16 May 42;
2. on 25 May 42 out of NY P/E, the DUTCHESS of YORK, with the 141st Armored Signal Company aboard, arrived Belfast, Northern Ireland, 10 June 42;
3. on 25 May 42 out of NY P/E, the SS. NORTH KING, with the 47th Armored Medical Battalion, arrived Belfast, 10 June 42;
4. on 31 May 42, the ORIENTE out of NY P/E, with 1st Armored Regiment including the 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, arrived Belfast, 10 June 42.
Obviously, these sailed in a convoy, whose number was not listed.
These elements then shipped out to North Africa in a massive convoy as a part of the Western Task Force, arriving Fedala, Morocco, 8 Nov 42, where they went into combat for the first time under the operational code-name
Casualties, all campaigns:
Killed in Action 1,194
Wounded in Action 5,168
Died from Wounds 234
Division strength, 12,697
Rate of casualties, about 55%.
Major General Bruce McGruder, Jul 40
MG Orlando Ward, Mar 42
MG Ernest N. Harmon, Apr 43
MG Vernon E. Prichard, Jul 44;
MG Roderick R. Allen, Sep 45.
I recommend the following for a complete combat narrative of the 1st Armored Division:
WORLD WAR II ORDER of BATTLE
Shelby L Stanton, author
Galahad Books, NYNY, publisher.
(an excellent reference book)
It devotes five paragraphs to the division.
I also recommend that under SEARCH, enter
1st Armored Division Association
which should produce a significant amount of material about the division.
And you might want to include the scanned view of your original scout car. I would anticipate some drooling by the old timers.
Finally, as a member of the 985th Feld Artillery Battalion in Italy, we had a first hand meeting with a couple of tanks from the 1st. AD, late in the drive to the Alps.
My gun crew was pinned down by mortor fire
in a small village. When the barrage lifted, several of us too refuge inside a house. When we exited, there were the two tanks situated in a small vineyard behind us.
Several Germans were in the process of surrender to the tank crews. The Germans had dropped into shallow irrigation ditches as the main body of troops passed, and were simply waiting for an all clear in order to give up to Americans. Otherwise, they would have been executed by their own officers for
Purely personal, same incident, I lost a can of tooth powder when a shell fragment hit my abandoned field jacket beneath the ammunition trailer. It passed through the pocket, and scattered powder every which way.
That is about all I can tell you about the 1st AD, Jay, which is probably more than you wanted to know.
Let me know how you make out with your contact with the 1st AD Association. OK ?
With best regards,
Louie Fanklin Turner