Daredevil TankersThe 740th tank battalion was activated at Fort Knox, Ky. on March 1, 1943. It trained at Fort Knox and at Camp Bouse, Az. as a canal defense light (CDL) unit and as a standard medium tank battalion from October 15, 1943 to April 24, 1944 then sailed to England on July 26, 1944. It landed at Utah Beach, Normandy, France on November 1, 1944 and entered combat on December 19, 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge. In it's first half hour of combat, it stopped the furthest advance of the German 1st SS Panzer Division at Stoumont Station, Belgium. Fighting it's way toward the German border. It reached the Siegfried line near Udenbreth, Germany. It then fought on the Cologne Plain at Duren and Cologne, Germany. Shifting to the south, the battalion again breached the Siegfried Line near Saarbrucken, Germany. It was then sent back north to the Ruhr Pocket battle then crossed the Elbe River at Bleckede, Germany on April 30, 1945 after which it proceeded north, joining the British 2nd Army at Schwerin, Germany on the Baltic Sea at war's end.
|Series||This marker is part of the Desert Training Center series, and the E Clampus Vitus series.|
|Placed By||Veterans of the 740th Tank Battalion Association, the Lost Dutchman & Billy Holcomb Chapter E Clampus Vitus in Cooperation with the Bouse Chamber of Commerce|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 11:31pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||11S E 776845 N 3758635|
|Decimal Degrees||33.93180000, -114.00505000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 33° 55.908', W 114° 0.303'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||33° 55' 54.48" N, 114° 0' 18.18" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 27755-27799 Broadway Ave, Bouse AZ 85325, US|
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