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12th A.D. Official
Theater of War MAP

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John Crews -
MEMORIES OF THE WAR

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SPEED IS THE PASSWORD
Booklet (complete)

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John Crews -
FIELD REPORTS

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View the official Theater of War Map of the 12th Armored's activities.
This large map was prepared just after the German defeat and presented to John while still on duty in Germany.


John's memories of the war events from his writings and from interviews taken in May, 2005.

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The entire story of the "Mystery Division" was detailed in the Army booklet called "Speed Is The Password," which John obtained at the conclusion of the war. It is presented here in its entirety.

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Here, you'll find some interesting Field Reports. These are John's original typewritten pages – some terse and others humorous – chronicling the day-to-day events and progress of Co. C.

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At 19, John Crews was one of the youngest members of his Company C,

as they made their daring push through the German lines and into the

heartland of the Reich. They moved with such speed and audacity

that the Germans were amazed.

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The Nazis came to fear the 4th and 12th Armored Divisions more than others.

 

Loaned to General Patton, the 12th became the "Mystery Division"

and served as his spearhead for the dash to the Rhine.

Extremely bitter winter conditions harshened the miseries

of the combat push.

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