On the eve of WWII Maurice Rose held the rank of Major. In 1942 he became Chief of Staff 2 Armored Division ‘Hell on Wheels’.
From Dec 15, he and his division took part in the North African Campaign
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From July 10 '43 Maurice Rose participated in the invasion of Sicily with the aim to take the island and thus bring the Mediterranean under Allied control and hopefully to bring the Italian army to its knees. Sicily served as a bridgehead for the invasion of Italy.
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In November ‘43 the 2 Armored Division was transferred to England to prepare for the invasion of Normandy. On Nov 24. In 1943 Rose was promoted to Commanding Officer of 2nd Armored Division and was promoted from colonel to brigadier general.
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On June 8, 1944 Brigadier General Maurice Rose landed on the beaches of Normandy (D-Day + 2) as commander of 2 Armored Division. The week after that he and his men fought in Operatie Overlord.
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Generals Omar Bradley and Dwight D. Eisenhower personally appointed Maurice Rose as commander of 3 Armored Division and he was promoted to Major General. Operation Cobra was in full swing: the allied armies were beyond Normandy and on their way to Paris.
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3 Armored Division led the march through northern France to Belgium. On Sept. 2. they crossed the French Belgian border at Mons (Mons). On September 15 via Charleroi, Namur and Verviers and Eupen they were the first Allied division at the German border.
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3 Armored Division moved steadily to Cologne that they took on 6 March. There was little resistance from this bombed city of 20,000 inhabitants. On March 25, the division crossed Rhine to lead the attack on the Ruhr area.
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On March 30, Maurice Rose was driving a small convoy through enemy territory near Paderborn, when they suddenly came under fire. They were run off the road by a German Tiger II tank. Rose was hit by several bullets and died on the spot.
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the day after his fall Maurice Rose was buried with a military ceremony in Ittenbach. In August 1945 he was transferred to the cemetery in Margraten, where he found his last resting place in Block C, Row 1, Grave 1.
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to the UK
Landing on Utah Beach
Died on pleasure flight
Buried in Margraten, Block RR, Row 12 Grave 290
Air Evac. Nurse diploma
Body washed up
Departure for Europa
Arriving in England
Landing Omaha Beach
Germany invades Poland, Britain
and France declare war on Germany
Nazi Germany declares war on the US
Battle of Stalingrad: Red Army defeats Germans
|Born:||November 26, 1899|
|Deceased:||March 30, 1945, 45 years|
|Rank & Military component:||
3rd Armored Division
|Cemetary:||Block C, Row 1, Grave 1|
Maurice Rose was born in 1899. At an
early age he joined the army.
In subsequent years, he climbed steadily up professionally and
specialized in motorized warfare. During World War II
he initially commanded 2th Armored Division,
and later - now General - 3rd Armored Division.
On March 30, 1945 he was in the front
line in Paderborn, Germany. When his jeep
came under fire. He was shot by a German soldier under circumstances which to
this day are not entirely clear. Major General Maurice Rose
fought in Tunisia, Sicily, France, Belgium and Germany.
He was 45 years old.
The 3rd Armored
Division was a
a mechanized and heavily
armed division of the US Army.
During Operation Cobra earned 3rd Armored Division the
nickname Spearhead, because they always went ahead in
the battle. Tanks were the
From August 7, 1945 until
his death on March 30,
1945 Maurice Rose was
commander of the