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No general officer was included in the transfer. Major General John P. Lucas was commanding general designate of the new Fifteenth Army in addition to his other duties.
Headquarters, Fifteenth Army was then assigned to the Fourth Army. On 18 October an advanced detachment was directed to report to the New York Port of Embarkation.
Organization continued with a command post established at Chateau d'Ardennes although the main components of the Fifteenth remained in England. As the German offensive now known as the Battle of the Bulge began, the CP was in danger and the headquarters evacuated to Cerfontaine, Belgium.
The headquarters moved again on 24 December to Fme de Suippes in France. On 25 December the main body left Doddington Hall for a staging area in Southampton, England and boarded the British landing ship Empire Javelin the next afternoon.
The Fifteenth Army headquarters consisted of officers and enlisted men. An additional men plus the British crew were on board.
Crossing the English Channel a few days later, on 28 Decemberan explosion rocked the ship, possibly from a mine. A French frigate, L'Escarmouche, and some smaller vessels came to the rescue.
L'Escarmouche was attached to the side of the Empire Javelin and many of the men jumped from the deck of the Empire Javelin to L'Escarmouche. Some men were rescued from life rafts and one life boat and some were pulled out of the water. About 10 minutes after a second explosion, the Empire Javelin sank at about 5: Thirteen men were missing in action and 20 men were injured in this incident.
Entering operational status[ edit ] Major General Ray E. Porter assumed command of the Fifteenth Army on 2 January No staff accompanied him and he directed the Acting Chief of Staff, Colonel Donegan, to retain his duties.
Gerow assumed command of the Fifteenth Army. From mid-January until March, the Fifteenth U. Army was charged with rehabilitating, re-equipping and training various units of the 12th Army Group that had suffered heavy losses during the Ardennes campaign.
It processed all new units which arrived at northern European ports through the staging areas until their 12th Army Group assignment.
General Eisenhower inserted the Fifteenth Army under U. Eighteen days later, the First and Ninth armies met at Paderborn, with Fifteenth holding the western side of the encirclement.
On 15 March the Fifteenth Army assumed command of the forces that were bottling up the German forces left behind in the French Atlantic ports. Fifteenth Army never entered the main line of battle. However, its formations did see some action, when it contained and then reduced the enormous Ruhr Pocket from the west during April in conjunction with elements of Ninth Army.
This resulted in the capture ofGerman prisoners. Fifteenth Army would take over occupation duties in the region as Ninth Army and First Army pushed farther into Germany. Some intelligence gathering interviews were also conducted by divisions of the Fifteenth U.By Jami L.
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