2nd Armored Division (Hell on Wheels)
US Division Patches - 2nd Armored Division. Nicknamed “Hell on Wheels".
The 2nd AD can trace their history back to 1940. They have fought during WW2, and elements of the division fought in Vietnam and the first Gulf war.
Elements of the Division were among the first to take part in allied ground operations against axis forces during the Second World War.This was during Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa in November 1942. The 2nd AD then took part in the allied landings of Sicilly (Operation Husky), before being redeployed in Normandy, landing on Omaha beach on D-Day +3. Here, they took part in heavy fighting, surrounding the SS 'Das Reich' and the 17th Panzergrenadier Divisions. The SS Divisions were to lose most of their armoured equipment during the contact. The division then pushed across France, and also fought during the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes. In July 1945, the 2nd AD was the first American unit to enter Berlin.
After WW2, the Division saw almost continuous active duty stationed in Germany, and headquartered at Fort Hood, Texas, USA. The 2nd AD was eventually inactivated in early 1992.
The 2nd Armoured Division have featured in many documentaries. They have also featured in an episode of 'Band of Brothers'. In the film 'Fury', it follows men of the 66th armored regiment, 2nd AD.
This is a fantastic reproduction of the Shoulder Sleeve Insignia worn by the unit. Embroidered onto a Triangle, the blue represents the Infantry, the Red for Artillery and the Yellow for Cavalry. There is a black tank track surrounding a cannon barrel, behind a red lightning flash. This design was approved in 1940 and is a combination of the WW1 Tank Corps and the dated 1930's 13th Cavalry patch.
At the top of the patch is the number '2' depicting the patch is for the 2nd Armoured Division.
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