UNITED STATES ARMY



3rd ARMORED DIVISION
Cold War Organization    1988
 

In 1988 the 3rd Armored Division was stationed at Frankfurt-am-Main in the Federal Republic of Germany as part of the US V Corps. The Spearhead Division, informally nicknamed the Third Herd, was organized under the Army of Excellence (Division 86) scheme, which was supplanting the ROAD organizational scheme. There were five types of AoE divisions: armored, mechanized infantry, light infantry, airborne and airmobile.

The organizational flag for armored divisions was horizontally divided, scarlet over yellow, with the division's shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI) in proper colors centered. For brigades of these divisions, the flag was vertically divided, scarlet and yellow, with the division's SSI in proper colors horizontally centered over the brigade numeral or monogram. For brigades of armored divisions, the numeral or monogram was green. The flag for the division artillery (DIVARTY) headquarters was scarlet with a wide central horizontal yellow stripe and the division's SSI in proper colors centered. For division support command (DISCOM) headquarters of armored divisions, the flag had narrow scarlet end stripes and a wide yellow central stripe, with the division's SSI in proper colors centered.

Organizational flags for divisions and brigades were 3 feet at the hoist by 4 feet on the fly with 2 1/2-inch yellow fringe. They were made of heavyweight rayon banner cloth with the insignia and numerals or monograms applied to appear properly on both sides of the flag. Campaign and unit decoration streamers awarded to divisions were always displayed with these flags. Organizational flags were always carried or displayed with the National Color.

Guidons for headquarters elements of divisions were of the same design as the corresponding organizational flags. Dimensions were 20 inches at the hoist by 27 inches on the fly with a 10-inch fork. Older guidons made of cotton or wool bunting were still used if serviceable, but new ones were made of heavyweight rayon banner cloth.

Note: Active links in descriptions point to pages depicting the guidons of subordinate units. Division base units, e.g. the combat engineer battalion, were administratively assigned to the DISCOM. Tactically, however, they fell under the direct control of the division headquarters and are so presented here.
 


 

NATIONAL COLOR & ORGANIZATIONAL FLAGS

 

         

3rd ARMORED DIVISION

 

1st BRIGADE
(MECHANIZED INFANTRY)

 

2nd BRIGADE (ARMORED)
 

 

3rd BRIGADE (ARMORED)
 

 

COMBAT AVIATION BRIGADE

 

DIVISION ARTILLERY

 

DIVISION SUPPORT COMMAND

 

HEADQUARTERS ELEMENT GUIDONS

 



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