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I Armored Corps (United States)

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I Armored Corps
Shoulder sleeve insignia of the I Armored Corps.
Country United States
Branch United States Army
TypeArmoured corps
EngagementsWorld War II
Adna R. Chaffee Jr.
Charles L. Scott
George S. Patton Jr.

The I Armored Corps was a corps-sized formation of the United States Army that was active in World War II.

The Corps made landfall in Morocco in French North Africa during Operation Torch in November 1942, the Allied invasion of French North Africa, as the Western Task Force, under the command of Major General George S. Patton, the first all-American force to enter the war against the Germans.

Following the successful defeat of the Axis powers under Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel in North Africa, in May 1943, I Armored Corps was redesignated as the Seventh Army on 10 July 1943 while at sea en route to the Allied invasion of Sicily as the spearhead of Operation Husky.


Subordinate units[edit]

Heraldic items[edit]

Shoulder sleeve insignia[edit]

  • Description: On an equilateral triangle with a green border, one point up, divided into three sections, the upper section yellow, the dexter section blue, and the sinister section red, a gun bendwise in front of a tank track and wheels all black and overall a red lightning flash bend sinisterwise. In the apex the Roman numeral "I" in black.
  • Symbolism:
  1. Yellow, blue, and red are the colors of the branches from which armored units were formed (cavalry, infantry and artillery respectively) .
  2. The tank tread, gun, and lightning flash are symbolic of mobility, power, and speed.
  3. The corps designation is in Roman numerals.

Distinctive unit insignia[edit]

  • None approved.


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