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They moved to the Netherlands on 8 December , went into the line in Germany on 12 December , and protected the Roer River sector; they recrossed into the Netherlands on 3 February , and re-entered Germany on 27 February on the left flank of the U.
During the campaign in northwestern Europe, Troop B of the 44th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron served as a mechanized escort and security force for the headquarters of General Dwight D. Eisenhower , supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces. As a constabulary unit, the 11th Constabulary Regiment patrolled occupied Germany and performed law enforcement and keeping of the public order missions. It was activated at Camp Campbell , Kentucky on 28 July as a separate group. During the war, armored groups such as the 11th were used as administrative headquarters for the numerous independent tank battalions fielded in the European Theater of Operations.
As part of the Gyroscope unit rotations, the 11th ACR was sent to Germany in March for another round at the border surveillance mission along the Iron Curtain , replacing the 6th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Regimental Headquarters and 1st Battalion were located in Straubing while the 2nd Battalion was stationed in Landshut and the 3rd Battalion in Regensburg. Propaganda leaflets depicting a Blackhorse tank urging the defection of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese to the side of the South.
Home now for the Regiment was Fort Meade, Maryland where the "Blackhorse" engaged in operational training and support activities like participation in the Presidential Inauguration and support for ROTC summer training. With the war in Vietnam escalating, the Blackhorse Regiment was alerted for assignment to Southeast Asia on 11 March The Regiment began specialized training for combat in a counterinsurgency environment.
The regiment's modifications emphasized the use of ACAVs instead of the Patton medium tank and completely replaced the M found in reconnaissance platoons, which may have existed in European and CONUS areas of operation. The M had been deployed to Vietnam in , but withdrawn in due to its unsatisfactory, and often disastrous performance.
In , Colonel George S. Only the M48s, as well as the Australian Centurions , and ARVN M41 Walker Bulldog light tanks could effectively and safely conduct "thunder runs" ; the firing of all tank weapons while driving down the highway or road. While ACAVs did not have a cannon, the Sheridan's high recoil from its mm main gun negated it from firing excessive broadsides while moving down a road. Thus the most favored tanks for clearing highways with thunder runs  on a daily basis, most often fell to the M48s of the 11th ACR and accompanying armor units.
William W. Operation Hickory 7—15 October produced the first enemy casualties inflicted by the 3rd Squadron and elements of the th Engineer Company in the vicinity of Phu Hoa. Blackhorse Base Camp was located approximately 6 kilometres 3. The operation began on 20 October and concluded on 3 November Operation Cedar Falls.
From January until 18 May , the regiment conducted three major search and destroy operations. These operations would later be known as reconnaissance in force RIF operations. The first of these operations commence on 8 January and was known as " Operation Cedar Falls". It continued until 24 January The 1st and 2nd Squadrons operated in the infamous "Iron Triangle" region near Ben Cat employing search and destroy tactics, screening and blocking, and security in attacks on successive objectives.
Operation Junction City. It began on 18 February and ran through 15 April This joint mission conducted with the 1st Australian Task Force secured lines of communication and fire support bases FSB. Extensive RIF operations were conducted as well. This zone was a long suspected regional headquarter of the Viet Cong. The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment was building a solid reputation for carrying out effective reconnaissance in force operations.
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Operation Manhattan ended on 11 May Operation Kittyhawk. This year long mission was called Operation Kittyhawk.
From the summer of until the winter the regiment was led by Col. Roy W. Its purpose was to provide security at polling places during elections and to maintain reaction forces to counter VC agitation. So successful was this operation that Operation Quicksilver. This operation involved the 1st and 2nd Squadrons of the 11th Armored Cavalry. Cordon, search and RIF missions were also performed.
Operation Fargo. Operation Fargo ran from 21 December until 21 January The early part of was marked by the most ambitious and embolden offensive attack coordinated by the VC and NVA in the history of the war. Operation Adairsville. This operation began on 31 January It took only 14 hours and 80 miles to arrive in position after first being alerted. Operation Alcorn Cove. Shortly after its arrival in Vietnam, the 3rd Squadron engaged the Viet Cong for the first time.
The Tet Offensive of gave the squadron a chance to fight the enemy's troop formations in open combat. Its action was crucial in smashing the enemy's offensive. The Blackhorse Regiment rotated to southern Germany in May ,  relieving the 6th ACR , and assumed the mission of patrolling the German-Czechoslovak border until its return to the United States in The Blackhorse arrived in Vietnam on 7 September During the late s the 11th had the distinction of operating the first air assault school in Europe, known as the Blackhorse Air Assault School, based in Fulda.
The regiment's seventeen-year vigil along the Iron Curtain was over. The Blackhorse Regiment deployed an aviation task force on 10 April to Turkey for Operation Provide Comfort , an operation to support the Kurdish relief effort. One month later, the three maneuver squadrons 1st, 2d and 3d along with the regiment's support squadron, deployed to Kuwait for Operation Positive Force, an operation to secure Kuwait so it could rebuild from the war. By October, the regiment had completed its missions in Turkey and Kuwait and returned to Fulda.
As the need for US forces in Europe decreased, the Blackhorse Regiment was inactivated in a ceremony on 15 October , and the remaining troops departed Germany in March The regiment portrays a determined opposing force that trains US forces in the basic principles of army operations and challenges all the battlefield operating systems.
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As the 2nd Brigade Tactical Group, the squadron trains brigade and battalion task forces during ten rotations a year at the National Training Center. The 1st Squadron is organized as an armor battalion, and comprises one of the two maneuver elements of the 11th ACR. The squadron's second mission is to deploy and fight as a tank battalion for various contingency operations throughout the world. In order to support this mission, the squadron must also maintain, operate and remain proficient on the M1A1 Abrams Tank.
First Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry, "Ironhorse", has a history that spans three-quarters of a century and includes military campaigns in the Philippines, Mexico, Europe, and Vietnam. The regimental motto, "Allons", means "Let's Go", and the 1st Squadron has been on the go since when it was activated as a horse squadron at Fort Myer, Virginia. Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Hennisse, the approximately men of the squadron trained nine months before becoming the first squadron to leave for the Regiment's inaugural deployment, to the Philippines.
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