Speed is the Password–This documentary traces the story of the 12th Armored Division from its activation in 1942 at Campbell, Kentucky and later training at Camp Barkeley in Abilene, Texas. By September 1944, the Division was on the move overseas, landing at Liverpool, England on October 2nd. After several weeks receiving new armor at Tidworth Barracks, the Division crossed the English Channel, joined Patch’s Seventh Army, and moved
against the Maginot Line, firing their first shots on December 5th.
Swift victories followed, but the Division suffered a devastating defeat in January at Herrlisheim. After receiving massive replacements and three
companies of African-American infantry, the 12th went on the offensive. Sealing the Comar Pocket and moving in a lightning drive, ended the German
resistance in the Vosges Mountains.
Later the Division was attached to General George S. Patton’s Third Army and spearheaded the drive to the Rhine River. This film covers their five-month combat story in detail as they liberated concentration and POW camps along the way. Watch as the story unfolds with 12th Armored Division veterans remembering those darks days on the combat trail as the desperate quest for victory unfolded.