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Creation of the 12th Armored Division


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Origins of the 12th Armored Division

The 12th Armored Division was one of 91 combat divisions that served during World War II. The 12th was created on September 15, 1942, but its lineage or heritage goes back earlier than that.

The War Department activated the 2nd Cavalry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas, on 1 April 1941. The following year the War Department decided to disband the horse-mounted 2nd Cavalry Division, and to use its men to form new armored divisions.