4th Armored is an Allied Armored division in Steel Division and one of four new divisions released with the Second Wave DLC, the other being the British 1st Special Service brigade, the German 9. Panzer and the 16. Luftwaffen-Felddivision. Only landed in Normandy on July 11, the « light » 4th Armored was the tip of General Patton's spear: leading the way for Operation Cobra's exploitation, they broke through the German front, capturing Coutances then swinging West to liberate Britanny.
A Spartan, Tiger Jack Wood believed in leading by example, and as close as possible from the front. An outspoken and aggressive commander, he wasn't shy to criticize his commanders' decision or even command style.
A Chemistry teacher at West Point and WW1 staff officer in France, Wood rose through the ranks during the Interwar, taking command of 5th Armored Division's Combat Command B just one month before Pearl Harbor. In mid-1942, promoted Major General, he was appointed as commander of the newly formed 4th Armored Division with the tasking of organizing & training it for war. In July 1944, he led his division in battle during the exploitation phase of Operation Cobra, capturing Avranches' major crossroad and breaking through the German front and out of bocage country. Yet, his strong temper and open criticisms of his superiors, first Bradley then Eddy, led to his being removed from command of his division in December 1944, officially as a temporary measure … but he never got a combat assignment again.
Organised as a "light" armored division, 4th Armored has fewer tanks and of older models than its "heavy" counterpart the 3rd Armored. But it relies on aggressive cavalry scouts and an attached battalion of highly mobile light Hellcat to outmanoeuvre the enemy, especially in phase A & B.
Only landed in Normandy on July 11, the "light" 4th armored was the tip of General Patton's spear: leading the way for Operation Cobra's exploitation, they broke through the German front, capturing Coutances then swinging west to liberate Britanny.
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