104th Infantry Division
The 104th Infantry Division was activated 15 September 1942. Following organization and training, the 104th left the U.S. and arrived in the ETO 7 September 1944 to begin their overseas World War II service. Unlike many follow on divisions that first landed in England the 104th sailed straight to the European Continent where they received a new commander, Major General Terry de la Mesa Allen, Sr.
First elements of the 104th Division entered combat on 23 October 1944 in Belgium near Wuestwezel. The 104th advanced to the Mark River arriving there by the end of the month.
In early November the Division reached the Maas River and Aachen, Germany. After a brief respite, the 104th began another offensive taking Stolberg, Eschweiler and Inden. From December until February they held many positions, then on 5 March they entered Koln and soon crossed the Rhine and attacked East of Remagen.
The Division was involved with trapping the Germans in the Ruhr pocket and moving east, crossed the Weser River sealing an exit from the Harz Mountains. Then followed crossing the Saale River they took Halle and areas near the Mulde River. By the end of April the 104th Infantry Division had made contact with the Russian Army where their fighting and war ended before the official end of World War II on VE Day.
Nickname: Timberwolf Division
Motto: Nothing in Hell can stop the Timberwolves
104th Infantry Division in Western Europe
104th Infantry Division Films
104th Infantry Division
Liberation of Western Europe
WWII Subordinate Units
104th Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized)
329th Engineer Combat Battalion
329th Medical Battalion
385th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
386th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
929th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
387th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm Howitzer)
804th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company
104th Quartermaster Company
104th Signal Company
Military Police Platoon
Commanders Maj. Gen. Terry de la Mesa Allen
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