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Travel Bug Dog Tag WW II-3rd Armored in Normandy TB

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Texas, United States
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In the hands of nirvanaa.

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Please drop this item in rural OR Premium Member Only caches.  Do not place it in an urban cache or abandon it at a caching event.  Transport the bug in the original plastic bag for as long as the bag lasts; the bag keeps the trackable clean, protects the number and prevents tangling with other items.  Otherwise, take the travel bug anywhere you wish.  No permission is needed to leave the U.S.

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About This Item


Replica Shoulder Patch. This travel bug is one of several made to recognize the US Army Divisions that fought in Normandy and elsewhere in France in 1944. In the summer of 2012 the travel bug owner activated, dipped, then, in October, took the travel bugs to Normandy beaches, towns, museums and the American cemetery above Omaha Beach. Some of the bugs were released in France, but most were brought back to the states to be put into circulation.
The shoulder patch insignia for all of the armored divisions has the same basic pattern.    It is of three interlaced torques, no one of which would be sufficient without the other two.  Combined, they form a single triangle, a device indicating integrity and esprit de corps.  The colors yellow, red and blue, are those of the basic arms: Cavalry, Field Artillery, and Infantry.  The super-imposed black symbols have a more modern meaning: the tank track for mobility and armor protection, the cannon for fire power, and the bolt of lightning to designate shock action.  The only differences between the division patches is the Arabic numeral in the yellow field designating the division and, when present, the division nickname on a yellow tab at the bottom of the triangle.
The division was first activated in 1941.  The first elements of the 3rd Armored in France saw combat on 29 June, with the division as a whole beginning combat operations on 9 July 1944.  During this time, it was assigned to the First Infantry and "spearheaded" the First through Normandy, taking part in a number of engagements, notably including the Battle of Saint Lô, where it suffered significant casualties. After facing heavy fighting in the hedgerows, and developing methods to overcome the vast thickets of brush and earth that constrained its mobility, the unit broke out at Marigny, alongside the 1st Infantry Division, and swung south to Mayenne.

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Tracking History (38308.4mi) View Map

Visited 2/16/2018 nirvanaa took it to Die Huskys sind los Bayern, Germany   Visit Log
Visited 2/16/2018 nirvanaa took it to Die Huskys sind los Bayern, Germany - .52 miles  Visit Log
Visited 2/9/2018 nirvanaa took it to 2. Klappstuhl-Event (Winter) Bayern, Germany   Visit Log
Visited 1/28/2018 nirvanaa took it to 2. Klappstuhl-Event (Winter) Bayern, Germany - .34 miles  Visit Log
Visited 1/28/2018 nirvanaa took it to 2. Klappstuhl-Event (Winter) Bayern, Germany - .34 miles  Visit Log
Visited 1/21/2018 nirvanaa took it to Inzeller Feuerspeier Bayern, Germany - 6.3 miles  Visit Log
Visited 1/17/2018 nirvanaa took it to GGG (Jan. 2018) Bayern, Germany - 6.2 miles  Visit Log
Visited 1/1/2018 nirvanaa took it to 💃 Hello 2018 🕺 Bayern, Germany - 8.59 miles  Visit Log
Visited 12/31/2017 nirvanaa took it to 🎉 Goodbye 2017 🍾 Bayern, Germany - 8.69 miles  Visit Log
Visited 12/24/2017 nirvanaa took it to 24.12.2017 - Hilfe, ich kann heuer nix mehr kaufen Bayern, Germany - 24.16 miles  Visit Log
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