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5th Infantry
" Red Diamond"
"Red Devils"

Division




2nd Infantry
" Ramrods"
Regiment


History




10th Infantry
"Courage and Fidelity"
Regiment


History



11th Infantry
"Wandering 11th"
Regiment


History

Order of Battle
2nd Infantry Regiment
10th Infantry Regiment
11th Infantry Regiment

19th Field Artillery Battalion
21st Field Artillery Battalion
46th Field Artillery Battalion
50th Field Artillery Bn.
5th Medical Bn.
7th Combat Engineers
5th Quartermaster Company
5th Signal Company
5th Reconnaissance Troop
705th Ordnance Company
449th AAA.-AW. Bn
735th Tank Bn.
737th Tank Bn.
803d Tank Destroyer Bn.
818th Tank Destroyer Bn.


Casualties

KIA or DOW 2,659
Wounded 9,153
Missing 1,050
Captured 101



Prisoners Captured
71,002



Commanders

Maj. Gen. Cortlandt Parker Aug 41 - Jun 43
Maj. Gen. Stafford Leroy Irwin Jun 43 - Apr 45
Maj. Gen. Albert E. Brown Apr 45 - Jun 46



Campaigns

Normandy
Northern France
Rhineland
Ardennes-Alsace
Central Europe



Days of Combat
300




Medals
Medal of Honor
1
Distinguished Service Cross
34
Silver Star
602
Soldiers Medal
10
Bronze Star Medal
2,066



1939
16 Oct -
The 5th Infantry Division was reactivated at Fort McClellan, Alabama.
1942
-
The division was sent to Iceland to relieve British troops occupying this vital link on the Atlantic convoy routes.
1944
9 Jul -
The division landed on Utah Beach.
13 Jul -
The division took up defensive positions in the vicinity of Caumont.
26 Jul -
The division launched a successful attack at Vidouville.
9 Aug -
The division drove on southeast of Saint-Lô, attacked and captured Angers.
18 Aug -
The division captured Chartres and pushed to Fontainebleau.
24 Aug -
The division crossed the Seine at Montereau.
30 Aug -
The division crossed the Marne and seized Reims and positions east of Verdun.
7 Sep -
The division then prepared for the assault on Metz.
15 Sep -
A bridgehead was secured across the Moselle, south of Metz, at Dornot and Arnaville.
16 Sep -
The division continued operations against Metz.
16 Oct -
The division withdrew.
9 Nov -
The division returned to the assault.
22 Nov -
Metz was reduced after a heavy, 10-day battle.
4 Dec -
The division crossed the German border.
5 Dec -
The division captured Lauterbach.
6 Dec -
Elements reached the west bank of the Saar River before the division moved to assembly areas.
16 Dec -
The Germans launched their winter offensive.
1945
18 Dec -
The 5th division was thrown in against the southern flank of the Bulge.
Feb -
The division drove across and northeast of the Sauer, cracked through the Siegfried Line.
22 Mar -
The division reached and crossed the Rhine.
27 Mar -
The division continued on to Frankfurt-am-Main, clearing and policing the town and its environs.
Apr -
The division took part in clearing the Ruhr Pocket.
1 May -
The division drove across the Czechoslovak border, reaching Volary and Vimperk as the war in Europe ended.
1946
20 Sep -
The division was inactivated.



5th Infantry Division
in World War II

CD 1
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DDay Eisenhhower SHAEF Meeting Minutes

20 Mar 44

Eisenhhower
SHAEF Meeting
Minutes


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3 Pages - PDF
5th Infantry Division In France

1944

5th Infantry Division

In France


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53 Pages - PDF
DDay Amphibious Operations  US Fleet

Jun 44

France

D-Day US Fleet
Amphibious Operations

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14 Pages - PDF
3rd Army Annex of Third Army Directives

5 Jun 44

DDay

Operation Overlord
Plans and Preparations

CD 1
46 Pages - PDF
DDay Eisenhower Order Of The Day

6 Jun 44

D-Day

Eisenhower
Order Of The Day




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Army Talks Notes From Normandy

5 Jul 44

Army Talks

Notes
From Normandy




CD 1
9 Pages - PDF
5th Infantry Division  2nd Infantry Regiment Normandy

9 Jul - 3 Aug 44

5th Infantry Division

Operations
2nd Infantry Regiment

Normandy and
Northern France

CD 1
32 Pages - PDF
Operation "Overlord"   Plans and Preparations

Aug 44 - May 45

3rd Army

DDay Summary
From the Channel
to the Alps

(Incomplete Narrative)

CD 1
17 Pages - PDF
5th Infantry Division  2nd Infantry Regiment Normandy

Aug 44

3rd Army

XIX Tactical
Air Command's
Operations of
Third US Army in
France




CD 1
59 Pages - PDF
3rd Army Annex of Third Army Directives

Aug 44 - May 45

3rd Army

Annex of
Third Army Directives







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36 Pages - PDF
3rd Army Annex of Third Army Directives

Sep 44

5th Infantry Division

Mozell River Crossing

Offensive Deliberate River Crossing Battle Analysis

Dornot and Arnaville, France

CD 1
82 Pages - PDF
3rd Army Annex of Third Army Directives

Sep 44

5th Infantry Division

Mozell River Crossing

Hastey and Deliberate
River Crossing Battle Analysis

Dornot and Arnaville, France

CD 1
118 Pages - PDF


Sep - Dec 44




Battle of Metz








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5th Infantry Division  2nd Infantry Regiment Rhineland

9 Nov 44

5th Infantry Division

Operations
1st Battalion
2nd Infantry Regiment

Crossing Seille River
and Attack on
Louvigny, France

Rhineland Campaign

CD 1
25 Pages - PDF
5th Infantry Division 10th Infantry Regiment Rhineland

3-5 Dec 44

5th Infantry Division

Operations
3rd Battalion
10th Infantry Regiment

Saar Valley
Ludweiler, Germany

Rhineland


CD 1
26 Pages - PDF
German Ardennes Counter Offensive  Ardennes-Alsace Campaign

16 Dec 44 - 2 Jan 45

France

German Ardennes
Counter Offensive

Ardennes-Alsace
Campaign





CD 1
36 Pages - PDF
3rd Army Crossing of the  Rhine River

Mar 45

3rd Army

Crossing of the
Rhine River


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Cross Channel Attack  1st USArmy Combat Operations In Normandy

6 Jun - 1 Jul 44

Cross Channel Attack

1st USArmy
Combat Operations
In Normandy

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538 Pages - PDF
Normandy Campaign

6 Jun - 24 Jul 44

France

Normandy Campaign



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51 Pages - PDF
Breakout and Pursuit  Follows 1st USArmy  Through 1 Jul44

1 Jul - 10 Sep 44

Breakout and Pursuit

Follows 1st USArmy Through 1 Jul 44


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771 Pages - PDF
Northern France

25 Jul - 14 Sep 44

Northern France
Campaign



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32 Pages - PDF
Southern France

15 Aug - 14 Sep 44

Southern France
Campaign



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32 Pages - PDF
Siegfried Line Campaign

11 Sep - 16 Dec 44

Germany

Siegfried Line Campaign


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697 Pages - PDF
Rhineland

15 Sep 44 - 21 Mar 45

Rhineland Campaign




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36 Pages - PDF
Ardennes-Alsace Campaign

16 Dec 44 - 25 Jan 45

France

Ardennes-Alsace
Campaign

CD 1
56 Pages - PDF
Central Europe

22 Mar - 11 May 45

Central Europe
Campaign



CD 1
36 Pages - PDF
Brief History of World War II

Brief History
of World War II





CD 1
55 Pages - PDF
Europe Stategic Maps

Europe
Stategic Maps





CD 1
83 Pages - PDF
DDay-Photos

France

DDay-Photos

CD 1
158 Pages - PDF
Shoulder Patch Insignias of the US Armed Forces

Shoulder Patch
Insignias of the
US Armed Forces

CD 1
19 Pages - PDF
Finding Information On Personal Participation In World War 2

Finding Information
On Personal Participation
In World War 2

CD 1
5 Pages - PDF


Patches

3rd Army Divisions

CD 1
1 Page - PDF
The files below are found on CD 2


Supreme Command

European
Theater Operations

CD 2
631 Pages - PDF


The
War Illustrated



CD 2
31 Issues - PDF


Aircraft
Insignia Poster



CD 2
1 Page - PDF


Aircraft
Nose Art



CD 2
34 Pages - PDF


Aircraft
Recognition Guide


CD 2
17 Pages - PDF


APOs

Army Postal Service
Addresses

CD 2
149 Pages - PDF


Comic Book
Covers


CD 2
8 Pages - PDF


6 Jun 44

SHAEF-Marshall

CD 2
1 Page - PDF


"Fighting Divisions"

Army
Divisions History

CD 2
241 Pages - PDF


Song Lyrics

Army
HIT KIT
of Popular Songs

CD 2
6 Pages - PDF


Mines - Booby Traps
Identification Guide


CD 2
42 Pages - PDF


US
World War II
Posters

CD 2
250 Pages - PDF


German
World War II
Posters

CD 2
75 Pages - PDF


Troopships
of WorldWarII


CD 2
391 Pages - PDF


US Air Force
Combat Chronology
1941-45

CD 2
743 Pages - PDF


VE Day
Eisenhower Flyer


CD 2
1 Page - PDF
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Music

"Singing Soldiers"

Winners Second
All Army Soldier
Singing Contest

1954-55
19 Song LP Record
2 Album Set

CD 3
Info - PDF
Files - Folder


Music

What Do You
Do In The Infantry ?

American Military March
Semper Fidelis (Marines)





CD 3
Files - Folder


Radio

DDay
Radio Broadcasts
~
13 - BBC/CBS/NBC
Normandy Invasion
Broadcasts
~
24 - CBS Invasion
1 Hour Broadcasts

CD 3
Files - Folder


Cartoons

11
BANNED
World War II
Cartoons

Popeye
Superman
Donald Duck
Bugs Bunny
more ...

CD 3
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5th Infantry
" Red Diamond"
"Red Devils"

Division

5th Infantry Division History

The 5th Infantry Division was reactivated on 16 October 1939
at Fort McClellan, Alabama under the command of Brigadier General Campbell Hodges.

It was sent to Iceland in 1942, under the command of Major General Cortlandt Parker to relieve British troops occupying this vital link on the Atlantic convoy routes.

Now commanded by Major General Stafford L. Irwin the 5th Infantry Division landed on Utah Beach, 9 July 1944 and 4 days later took up defensive positions in the vicinity of Caumont. Launching a successful attack at Vidouville 26 July, the division drove on southeast of Saint-Lô, attacked and captured Angers, 9–10 August, captured Chartres, (assisted by the 7th Armored Division), 18 August, pushed to Fontainebleau, crossed the Seine at Montereau, 24 August, crossed the Marne and seized Reims, 30 August, and positions east of Verdun.

The division then prepared for the assault on Metz, 7 September. In mid-September a bridgehead was secured across the Moselle, south of Metz, at Dornot and Arnaville after two attempts. The first attempt at Dornot by the 11th Regiment failed. German-held Fort Driant played a role in repulsing this crossing. A second crossing by the 10th Regiment at Arnaville was successful.

The division continued operations against Metz, 16 September-16 October 1944, withdrew, then returned to the assault on 9 November. Metz finally fell 22 November. The division crossed the German border, 4 December, captured Lauterbach on the 5th, and elements reached the west bank of the Saar River, 6 December, before the division moved to assembly areas.

On the 16th of December the Germans launched their winter offensive, and on the 18th the 5th was thrown in against the southern flank of the Bulge, helping to reduce it by the end of January 1945.

In February and March, the division drove across and northeast of the Sauer, cracked through the Siegfried Line, reached and crossed the Rhine, 22 March, and continued on to Frankfurt-am-Main, clearing and policing the town and its environs, 27–29 March.

In April the division, under Major General Albert E. Brown took part in clearing the Ruhr Pocket and then drove across the Czechoslovak border, 1 May, reaching Volary and Vimperk as the war in Europe ended.

The division was inactivated on 20 September 1946.



2nd Infantry
"Ramrods"
Regiment

2nd Infantry Regiment History

1939
16 Oct -
Stationed at Ft Wayne, Mich., as part of the 6th Division until assigned to the 5th Division on 16 Oct 39.
3 Nov -
Transferred to Ft. McClennan, Ala.
1940
11 Apr -
Transferred to Ft. Benning, Ga.
11 May -
Transferred to Camp Beauregard, La.
1 Jun -
Returned to Ft. Wayne, Mich.
25 Sep -
Sent to Fort Custer, Mich.
1941    
1942
10 Jan -
Staged at New York P/E .
26 Feb -
Departed.
3 Mar -
Arrived Iceland for security duty.
1943
9 Aug -
Arrived England.
1944
9 Jul -
Landed in France.
1945
8 Feb -
Entered Germany
18 Jul -
Returned to New York P/E
22 Jul -
Moved to Camp Campbell, Ky.
1946
-
Active thru 1946.

In 1939 prior to World War II, the 2nd Infantry Regiment was assigned to the 5th Infantry Division. In February 1942 the regiment was sent to Iceland for training, to provide security for U.S. bases located there, and to load and unload supply ships. It was then sent to England and then Ireland for training.

In July 1944 the 2nd Infantry Regiment along with the 5th Infantry Division landed in Normandy, France. It became part of General George Patton's Third United States Army, leading the way in the breakout from the beaches of Normandy in Operation Cobra, capturing Rheims and then seized Metz after a major battle at Fort Driant.

On 13 July 1944 SSGT Robert Bass was killed by enemy artillery fire. He was the first member of the 2nd Infantry and also the 5th Division killed in action in the war.

When the Battle of the Bulge began the 2nd Infantry Regiment moved to the battle zone in the area of Nideranven, Luxembourg. In January 1945 the 2nd Infantry Regiment forced a crossing of the Sauer River and attacked into the Siegfried Line. The regiment then crossed the Rhine River near Oppenheim and secured the crossing for other Third Army units.

The unit then spearheaded the attack into Czechoslovakia and was located near the town of Volary when the word came to cease all forward movement at 08:31 on the 7th of May 1945.

In 276 days of combat the regiment captured 275 cities and towns, crossed 20 rivers, and captured 22,103 of the enemy. The regiment suffered 906 killed, 2,736 wounded and 295 missing or prisoner of war. 12 Distinguished Service Crosses, 184 Silver Stars and 664 Bronze Stars were awarded to soldiers of the regiment.



10th Infantry
"Courage and Fidelity"
Regiment

10th Infantry Regiment History

1939
-
Stationed at Ft. Thomas, Ky. as part of the 5th Division.
7 Nov -
Moved to Ft. McClennan, Ala.
1940
9 Apr -
Transferred to Ft. Benning, Ga.
11 May -
Transferred to Camp Beauregard, La.
1 Jun -
Returned to Ft. Thomas, Ky.
3 Dec -
Relocated to Fort Custer, Mich.
1941
1 Sep -
Staged at Camp Kilmer, NJ.
5 Sep -
Departed New York P/E.
16Sep -
Arrived Iceland for security duty.
1943
9 Aug -
Arrived England.
1944
9 Jul -
Landed in France.
1945
8 Feb -
Entered Germany.
18 Jul -
Returned to New York P/E.
22 Jul -
Moved to Camp Campbell, Ky.
1946
20 Sep -
Inactivated.

No history found.



11th Infantry
"Wandering 11th"
Regiment

11th Infantry Regiment History

1940
-
Stationed at Ft. McClennan, Ala.as part of the 5th Division.
 
7 Apr -
Moved to Ft. Benning, Ga.
11 May -
Transferred to Camp Beauregard, La.
 
31 -
Transferred to Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind.
1941
6 Jan -
Relocated to Fort Custer, Mich.
 
Apr -
Dispatched Companies to Bermuda and Trinidad.
1942
3 Apr -
Staged at Camp Kilmer, NJ.
 
7 Apr -
Departed New York P/E.
 
16 Sep -
Arrived Iceland for security duty.
1943
9 Aug -
Arrived England.
1944
9 Jul -
Landed in France.
1945
8 Feb -
Entered Germany.
20 Jul -
Arrived Boston P/E.
23 Jul -
Moved to Camp Campbell, Ky.
1946
20 Sep -
Inactivated.

In 1939, the 11th joined the 5th Division at Fort McClellan, Alabama and by 1942 was on its way to Iceland and remained there for 15 months until the regiment, and the division, moved to England.

The regiment landed in Normandy on 10 July 1944 and fought its way across France as part of the 5th Infantry Division, which was assigned to General Patton's famed Third Army. The 11th Infantry played a prominent role in the reduction of the fortified city of Metz in the fall of 1944.

During the Battle of the Bulge, the 11th counter-attacked into the southern portion of the Bulge, engaging the Germans in bitter winter fighting. On 22 March 1945, the 1st Battalion made a night river assault across the Rhine River at Oppenheim, giving General Patton a division bridgehead over the Rhine two days ahead of Field Marshal Montgomery's famous crossing. The 11th Infantry ended the war in Czechoslovakia.

Shortly after its return from the European Theater of Operations, the regiment was retired.



5th Infantry
"Red Diamond"
"Red Devils"

Division

Campaigns of World War II

Normandy
6 Jun - 24 Jul 44
Northern France
25 Jul - 14 Sep 44
Rhineland
15 Sep 44 - 21 Mar 45
Ardennes-Alsace
16 Dec 44 - 25 Jan 45
Central Europe
22 Mar - 11 May 45

Normandy
6 June - 24 July 1944

A great invasion force stood off the Normandy coast of France as dawn broke on 6 June 1944: 9 battleships, 23 cruisers, 104 destroyers, and 71 large landing craft of various descriptions as well as troop transports, mine sweepers, and merchantmen—in all, nearly 5,000 ships of every type, the largest armada ever assembled. The naval bombardment that began at 0550 that morning detonated large minefields along the shoreline and destroyed a number of the enemy’s defensive positions. To one correspondent, reporting from the deck of the cruiser HMS Hillary, it sounded like “the rhythmic beating of a gigantic drum” all along the coast. In the hours following the bombardment, more than 100,000 fighting men swept ashore to begin one of the epic assaults of history, a “mighty endeavor,” as President Franklin D. Roosevelt described it to the American people, “to preserve. . . our civilization and to set free a suffering humanity.”


Northern France
25 July - 14 September 1944

As July 1944 entered its final week, Allied forces in Normandy faced, at least on the surface, a most discouraging situation. In the east, near Caen, the British and Canadians were making little progress against fierce German resistance. In the west, American troops were bogged down in the Norman hedgerows. These massive, square walls of earth, five feet high and topped by hedges, had been used by local farmers over the centuries to divide their fields and protect their crops and cattle from strong ocean winds. The Germans had turned these embankments into fortresses, canalizing the American advance into narrow channels, which were easily covered by antitank weapons and machine guns. The stubborn defenders were also aided by some of the worst weather seen in Normandy since the turn of the century, as incessant downpours turned country lanes into rivers of mud. By 25 July, the size of the Allied beachhead had not even come close to the dimensions that pre–D-day planners had anticipated, and the slow progress revived fears in the Allied camp of a return to the static warfare of World War I. Few would have believed that, in the space of a month and a half, Allied armies would stand triumphant at the German border.



Rhineland
15 September 1944 - 21 March 1945

The Rhineland Campaign, although costly for the Allies, had clearly been ruinous for the Germans. The Germans suffered some 300,000 casualties and lost vast amounts of irreplaceable equipment. Hitler, having demanded the defense of all of the German homeland, enabled the Allies to destroy the Wehrmacht in the West between the Siegfried Line and the Rhine River. Now, the Third Reich lay virtually prostrate before Eisenhower’s massed armies.



Ardennes - Alsace Campaign
16 December 1944 - 25 January 1945

In August 1944, while his armies were being destroyed in Normandy, Hitler secretly put in motion actions to build a large reserve force, forbidding its use to bolster Germany’s beleaguered defenses. To provide the needed manpower, he trimmed existing military forces and conscripted youths, the unfit, and old men previously untouched for military service during World War II.

In September Hitler named the port of Antwerp, Belgium, as the objective. Selecting the Eifel region as a staging area, Hitler intended to mass twenty-five divisions for an attack through the thinly held Ardennes Forest area of southern Belgium and Luxembourg. Once the Meuse River was reached and crossed, these forces would swing northwest some 60 miles to envelop the port of Antwerp. The maneuver was designed to sever the already stretched Allied supply lines in the north and to encircle and destroy a third of the Allies’ ground forces. If successful, Hitler believed that the offensive could smash the Allied coalition, or at least greatly cripple its ground combat capabilities, leaving him free to focus on the Russians at his back door.



Central Europe Campaign
22 March - 11 May 1945
By the beginning of the Central Europe Campaign of World War II, Allied victory in Europe was inevitable. Having gambled his future ability to defend Germany on the Ardennes offensive and lost, Hitler had no real strength left to stop the powerful Allied armies. Yet Hitler forced the Allies to fight, often bitterly, for final victory. Even when the hopelessness of the German situation became obvious to his most loyal subordinates, Hitler refused to admit defeat. Only when Soviet artillery was falling around his Berlin headquarters bunker did the German Fuehrer begin to perceive the final outcome of his megalomaniacal crusade.


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