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World War II
U.S. Army
Cobra to the Rhine Volume
120 Min.
SKU: GSP3Army
Price: $29.99

On January 26, 1944, General George Smith Patton, Jr. was given the command of the Third US Army in England. The Third Army was a newly formed unit comprised of divisions that recently arrived in England from the United States. The Germans thought that the 3rd Army would be part of and more specifically General Patton would lead the pending invasion attempt. This was part of the deception operation known as Fortitude.

The Allies would establish a beachhead on Normandy that started with the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944. In July, the Third Army began movement to France and began operations on August 1, the breakout of the Normandy Beachhead, known as Operation Cobra. From the onset, Patton moved throughout the Divisions of his command. The contents of this video show the action of the General as was recorded by the 166th Signal Photo Company and his movements from Operation Cobra to the Rhine while in command of the U.S. Third Army. Combat Reels has endeavored to find as much footage of General Patton as possible.

An infantry colonel called the men who do patrol work “the tough guys of the war.” He also referred to them as “the loneliest men in the Army” because they operate behind enemy lines, surrounded by enemy guns. Some do reconnaissance work on foot, some do it in vehicles – but all of them draw rugged assignments.

They become the eyes and ears of an outfit; on them depends the answer to the question of what has the enemy got in store for us. Here is a view of the “tough guys” – these “loneliest men.”

“You’re the Ghosts, aren’t you? The Ghosts of Patton’s Army.” The SS officer spoke pretty fair English. He stood on the road side, far behind his own lines, while a young American lieutenant disarmed him and his four companions as they poked their hands toward the sky. Their staff car had been halted by one of our M8 recon jobs, and a 37mm gun on its turret stood ready to blow the Germans off the earth.

The United States Army Central , formerly the Third United States Army , commonly referred to as the Third Army and as ARCENT is a military formation of the United States Army , which saw service in World War I and World War II , in the 1991 Gulf War , and in the coalition occupation of Iraq . It is best known for its campaigns in World War II under the command of General George S. Patton .

Third Army is headquartered at Shaw Air Force Base , South Carolina with a forward element at Camp Arifjan , Kuwait . It serves as the echelon above corps for the Army component of CENTCOM , US Central Command, whose area of responsibility (AOR) includes Southwest Asia , some 20 countries of the world, in Africa, Asia, and the Persian Gulf.

The Third United States Army was first activated as a formation during the First World War on 7 November 1918, at Chaumont, France , when the General Headquarters of the American Expeditionary Forces issued General Order 198 organizing the Third Army and announcing its headquarters staff. On the 15th, Major General Joseph T. Dickman assumed command and issued Third Army General Order No. 1. The third Army consisted of three corps ( III , Maj. Gen. John L. Hines ; IV , Maj. Gen. Charles Muir; and VII , Maj. Gen. William G. Hahn ) and seven divisions.


World War II
U.S. Army
Cobra to the Rhine Volume
120 Min.
SKU: GSP3Army
Price: $29.99

On January 26, 1944, General George Smith Patton, Jr. was given the command of the Third US Army in England. The Third Army was a newly formed unit comprised of divisions that recently arrived in England from the United States. The Germans thought that the 3rd Army would be part of and more specifically General Patton would lead the pending invasion attempt. This was part of the deception operation known as Fortitude.

The Allies would establish a beachhead on Normandy that started with the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944. In July, the Third Army began movement to France and began operations on August 1, the breakout of the Normandy Beachhead, known as Operation Cobra. From the onset, Patton moved throughout the Divisions of his command. The contents of this video show the action of the General as was recorded by the 166th Signal Photo Company and his movements from Operation Cobra to the Rhine while in command of the U.S. Third Army. Combat Reels has endeavored to find as much footage of General Patton as possible.


World War II
U.S. Army
Cobra to the Rhine Volume
120 Min.
SKU: GSP3Army
Price: $29.99

On January 26, 1944, General George Smith Patton, Jr. was given the command of the Third US Army in England. The Third Army was a newly formed unit comprised of divisions that recently arrived in England from the United States. The Germans thought that the 3rd Army would be part of and more specifically General Patton would lead the pending invasion attempt. This was part of the deception operation known as Fortitude.

The Allies would establish a beachhead on Normandy that started with the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944. In July, the Third Army began movement to France and began operations on August 1, the breakout of the Normandy Beachhead, known as Operation Cobra. From the onset, Patton moved throughout the Divisions of his command. The contents of this video show the action of the General as was recorded by the 166th Signal Photo Company and his movements from Operation Cobra to the Rhine while in command of the U.S. Third Army. Combat Reels has endeavored to find as much footage of General Patton as possible.

An infantry colonel called the men who do patrol work “the tough guys of the war.” He also referred to them as “the loneliest men in the Army” because they operate behind enemy lines, surrounded by enemy guns. Some do reconnaissance work on foot, some do it in vehicles – but all of them draw rugged assignments.

They become the eyes and ears of an outfit; on them depends the answer to the question of what has the enemy got in store for us. Here is a view of the “tough guys” – these “loneliest men.”

“You’re the Ghosts, aren’t you? The Ghosts of Patton’s Army.” The SS officer spoke pretty fair English. He stood on the road side, far behind his own lines, while a young American lieutenant disarmed him and his four companions as they poked their hands toward the sky. Their staff car had been halted by one of our M8 recon jobs, and a 37mm gun on its turret stood ready to blow the Germans off the earth.


World War II
U.S. Army
Cobra to the Rhine Volume
120 Min.
SKU: GSP3Army
Price: $29.99

On January 26, 1944, General George Smith Patton, Jr. was given the command of the Third US Army in England. The Third Army was a newly formed unit comprised of divisions that recently arrived in England from the United States. The Germans thought that the 3rd Army would be part of and more specifically General Patton would lead the pending invasion attempt. This was part of the deception operation known as Fortitude.

The Allies would establish a beachhead on Normandy that started with the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944. In July, the Third Army began movement to France and began operations on August 1, the breakout of the Normandy Beachhead, known as Operation Cobra. From the onset, Patton moved throughout the Divisions of his command. The contents of this video show the action of the General as was recorded by the 166th Signal Photo Company and his movements from Operation Cobra to the Rhine while in command of the U.S. Third Army. Combat Reels has endeavored to find as much footage of General Patton as possible.

An infantry colonel called the men who do patrol work “the tough guys of the war.” He also referred to them as “the loneliest men in the Army” because they operate behind enemy lines, surrounded by enemy guns. Some do reconnaissance work on foot, some do it in vehicles – but all of them draw rugged assignments.

They become the eyes and ears of an outfit; on them depends the answer to the question of what has the enemy got in store for us. Here is a view of the “tough guys” – these “loneliest men.”

“You’re the Ghosts, aren’t you? The Ghosts of Patton’s Army.” The SS officer spoke pretty fair English. He stood on the road side, far behind his own lines, while a young American lieutenant disarmed him and his four companions as they poked their hands toward the sky. Their staff car had been halted by one of our M8 recon jobs, and a 37mm gun on its turret stood ready to blow the Germans off the earth.

The United States Army Central , formerly the Third United States Army , commonly referred to as the Third Army and as ARCENT is a military formation of the United States Army , which saw service in World War I and World War II , in the 1991 Gulf War , and in the coalition occupation of Iraq . It is best known for its campaigns in World War II under the command of General George S. Patton .

Third Army is headquartered at Shaw Air Force Base , South Carolina with a forward element at Camp Arifjan , Kuwait . It serves as the echelon above corps for the Army component of CENTCOM , US Central Command, whose area of responsibility (AOR) includes Southwest Asia , some 20 countries of the world, in Africa, Asia, and the Persian Gulf.

The Third United States Army was first activated as a formation during the First World War on 7 November 1918, at Chaumont, France , when the General Headquarters of the American Expeditionary Forces issued General Order 198 organizing the Third Army and announcing its headquarters staff. On the 15th, Major General Joseph T. Dickman assumed command and issued Third Army General Order No. 1. The third Army consisted of three corps ( III , Maj. Gen. John L. Hines ; IV , Maj. Gen. Charles Muir; and VII , Maj. Gen. William G. Hahn ) and seven divisions.

Besides leading the Third Army, Patton also "commanded" the fictitious First U. S. Army Group (FUSAG). As part of the FORTITUDE SOUTH component of BODYGUARD, Patton and FUSAG were created to deceive German intelligence into believing the Pas de Calais would be the actual landing areas for D-Day. The German High Command (OKW) determined Patton would lead the invasion force and his billeting in Southeastern England plus the combination of real and fake units added to the deception.

Patton and FUSAG kept up "appearances" even after the invasion. Deception operations continued until the first week in August, but with Patton's quiet deployment to France on 4 July, BODYGUARD continued to diminish in effectiveness. Trading his comfortable English manor for a canvas tent in a Norman orchard, Patton prepared to activate his headquarters known as "Lucky Forward." En route, or already in France, were five hundred units of the Third Army awaiting orders to attack.

By 25 July, the size of the Allied beachhead had not even come close to the dimensions that pre D-day planners had anticipated, and the slow progress revived fears in the Allied camp of a return to the static warfare of World War I. Few would have believed that, in the space of a month and a half, Allied armies would stand triumphant at the German border.



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