The primary striking force of the Armored Division was the tank. The 8th was composed of 3 tank battalions:
- 18th, 36th & 80th Tank Battalions
Each battalion comprised approximately 80 tanks and was organized as a headquarters unit and 6 companies:
- a Headquarters Company,
- a Service Company and
- 4 tank companies referred to as A, B, C and D companies
The Headquarters unit was made up of the battalion command team and their vehicles; 3 M4A3 Sherman tanks (usually not used and held as a reserve) and various peeps (World War II US Armored divisions called the jeep a 'peep') and similar vehicles.
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