Husova ulice (Husova street)

Husova ulice (Husova street)

Husova Ulice, Pilsen, Czech Republic
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Husova ulice (Husova street)

The determination and bravery of the U.S. 16th Armoured Division is commemorated in Pilsen by a glass pyramid memorial bearing the division´s emblem: a yellow, blue and red triangle outlined in black and featuring a black number 16, tank track and cannon with red bolt of lightning cutting through the centre.

The U.S.16th Armoured Division was one of the youngest to be activated during WWII. Established in July 1943, it had its command base at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas, and remained there until it entered the European theatre in January 1945. In February, the division landed at Le Havre.

When founded, the unit’s commander was Major General D.T. Greene. However, in September 1944, Brigadier General J. T. Pierce took over the command, and part of the division became involved in combat operations in Germany with the 86th Infantry Division.

At the end of April 1945, the men crossed the Issar River and then advanced towards Wasserburg. During the mission, they attacked and occupied several towns. When the operation ended, the soldiers joined up with the main part of the division in Nuremburg, where it was carrying out exercises and policing duties.

The division’s campaign to Pilsen followed, which was launched on 5 May 1945. The next day, the men from the 16th ‘Armadillo’ Division liberated the West Bohemian city after a brief skirmish. They soon branched into a number of other locations in the area.

In October 1945, the 16th Armoured Division was demobilised. Although the division had just a single campaign and three days of combat under its belt, for the people of Pilsen, it was mainly Brigadier General J.L. Pierce´s soldiers who liberated them from the despised occupying forces. Even though the division spent just a few days in battle, it lost five men. Another 28 were injured.

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Husova Ulice, Pilsen, Czech Republic

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