US 4th armored division doctrine:
- The armored division is organized primarily to perform missions that require great mobility and firepower.
- It is given decisive missions. It is capable of engaging in most forms of combat but its primary role is in offensive operations against hostile rear areas.
- The most profitable role of the armored division is exploitation.
Seek, Strike, Destroy:
The US Tank Destroyer Motto signifies that tank destroyers are not to await enemy tank attacks passively in the manner of traditional antitank forces but are to seize the initative and take the battle to the enemy. The tank destroyer shoulder patch, depicting a black panther crushing a tank in it's jaws, symbolizes the "TD'" spirit.
To the 4th Armored Division, these doctrinal tenets were deeply engrained articles of faith. It is no exaggeration to say that the 4th had a distinct personality characterized by aggressiveness and teamwork. As a group, the division believed that the division’s proper place was deep in the enemy's rear positions. One tank commander, long accustomed to operating behind German lines remarked, “They’ve got us surrounded again, the poor bastards!”