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inside. On 9 April, the group prepared for further operations as the 80th ID cleared the Erfurt-
Weimar area. On 10 April, the 80th and 76th IDs penetrated the German defensive positions, and
the 4th and 6th Armored Divisions passed through them to exploit the breakthrough. The Brave
Rifles' orders to protect both flanks of the corps while also maintaining continuous contact
between the fast moving armored divisions leading the corps and the slower infantry divisions
MAP 7. XX Corps' Assault to the Fulda River in Late March 1945. Map courtesy of Mariann K. Nance
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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/m1/92/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .