29th Infantry Division
The 29th Division was activated on 3 February, 1941. The U.S. would enter World War II 10 months later. Following organization and training, the 29th sailed to England on 5 October 1942. While in England and Scotland they began training for the invasion of the European Continent.
Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy was 6 June 1944, also known as D-Day. The 116th Infantry Regiment would be the first unit to land on Omaha Beach. Along with the 2nd Ranger Battalion, these men missed their assigned landing location and had many casualties fighting heavily fortified positions. It took 2 days for the entire division to land and by 9th Omaha Beach was secured.
Fighting in Normandy hedgerows the 29th Division advanced and assaulted St. Lo. The fighting in the dense bocage was fierce, however St. Lo was finally captured on 18 July.
The 29th turned West to assault Brest from August 25 until September 18. In November they drove toward the Roer River reaching it by the end of that month. From December until February they held defensive positions along the Roer until a new offensive was launched.
By April the 29th Infantry Division was fighting in the Ruhr area and had pushed to the Elbe River when the war in Europe ended.
Nickname: Blue and Gray
Motto: 29, Let's Go!
29th Infantry Division in Western Europe
29th Infantry Division Films
29th Infantry Division
Liberation of Western Europe
29th Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized)
121st Engineer Combat Battalion
104th Medical Battalion
110th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
111th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
224th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
227th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm Howitzer)
Commanders Maj. Gen. Leonard T. Gerow
Maj. Gen. Charles H. Gerhardt
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