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45th Infantry Division

The 45th Infantry Division traces its roots to the 1800s. The current division insignia is a golden thunderbird on a red square. The thunderbird is a symbol of the Southwestern Indians. The Spanish colors, red and gold, indicate that the four States of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Oklahoma represented by National Guard units in the division were settled by the Spaniards.

World War II

In World War II, following stateside training at Camp Barkley, Fort Sill, Camp Devens, the 45th Infantry Division landed in Sicily on 10 July 1943. They worked their way up the East coast in their quest to reach Messina.

Following Sicily the division landed at Salerno and Anzio, taking place in the retaking of Italy.

In August of 1944, the 45th Division, again involved in an assault landing, crashed the beaches in southern France. By the end of September they crossed the Moselle River and entered the western slopes of the Vosges Mountains. Pushing on they broke through the Maginot Line and came to the Moder River.

In March of 1945 they penetrated the Siegfried Line and captured Homburg. The 45th then crossed the Rhine. They captured Nuremburg in late April. In the last days of April and early May they crossed the Danube River, capturing Munich where they remained when World War II Europe ended in May of 1945.

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Nickname(s): Thunderbird

Motto: "Semper Anticus" which is Latin for "Always Forward".

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45th Infantry Division in Western Europe DVD $24.99

45th Infantry Division
Liberation of Western Europe
Southern Invasion of France
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WWII Campaigns

  • Sicily (with arrowhead)
  • Anzio (with arrowhead)
  • Rome-Arno
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  • WWII Subordinate Units

  • 157th Infantry
  • 179th Infantry
  • 180th Infantry
  • 45th Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized)
  • 120th Engineer Combat Battalion
  • 120th Medical Battalion
  • 158th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
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  • 189th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm Howitzer)
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  • 45th Signal Company
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  • Maj. Gen. William W. Eagles
  • Maj. Gen. Robert T. Frederick
  • Combat Reels salutes the veterans of the 45th Infantry Division of World War II and their valuable contribution to U.S. military history.

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