Patton's Iron Cavalry - The Impact of the Mechanized Cavalry on the U.S. Third Army Page: 66
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5th ID in its attack to the Marne. Thanks to the efforts of both squadrons, XX Corps vaulted over
the Marne River, and seized the important city of Rheims (see Map 4).
MAP 4. XX Corps Assault to Reims 25-28 August 1944. Map courtesy of Mariann K. Nance
Following the capture of Rheims, the Brave Rifles rested a day, and on 30 August, led the
corps assault to the Meuse River. XX Corps ordered the cavalry to conduct a zone
reconnaissance bounded on the north by Sedan and in the south by St. Mihiel, a frontage of over
60 miles. Enemy defenses along the Aisne River prevented the 43rd Squadron from crossing,
necessitating the commitment of Combat Command (CC) A, 7th AD to clear the road. The 3rd
Squadron, with the luxury of not having to contend with attempting an opposed river crossing,
penetrated German delaying positions along the main roads, reaching Verdun and seizing its
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Nance, William Stuart. Patton's Iron Cavalry - The Impact of the Mechanized Cavalry on the U.S. Third Army, thesis, May 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc68023/m1/72/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .