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The 4th Armored Division in the Encirclement of Nancy

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The 4th Armored Division in the Encirclement of Nancy
  • by Dr. Christopher R. Gabel
    • Combat Studies Institute, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Leavenworth, Kansas, April 1986

In 1944, the 4th Armored Division played a central role in one of the more remarkable campaigns in American military history—Third Army's pursuit across France, which was capped off by the encirclement and capture of Nancy.

     In the course of this campaign, the 4th Armored Division practiced a mode of warfare that has since become known to the Army as AirLand Battle. Inasmuch as the encirclement of Nancy is one of the few historical examples that shows American mechanized forces waging war in accordance with the tenets of AirLand Battle, anyone seeking a deeper appreciation of today's doctrine would do well to study this campaign carefully.


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