Patch, 5th Armored Division
Genuine 5th Armored Division insignia. WWII manufacturing in cotton thread.
Landed at "Utah Beach", driving through Coutances, Avranches" and Vitré, Ille-et-Vilaine", and across the Mayenne River to seize the city of Le Mans. The division surrounded the Germans in Normandy by advancing, through Le Mêle-sur-Sarthe", liberated on 11 August, to the edge of the city of Argentan on 12 August—8 days before the Argentan-Falaise Gap was closed. Turning Argentan over to the 90th Infantry Division, the 5th Armored advanced 80 miles to capture the Eure River, Dreux on 16 August and reached the Belgian border at Condé-sur-l'Escaut, 2 September. It liberated Luxembourg City on the 10th and deployed along the German border.