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5th Infantry Division

The 5th Infantry Division was activated on 2 October 1939 under the command of Brigadier General Campbell Hodges. After the U.S. entry in World War II, 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.

Commanded by Major General Stafford L. Irwin the 5th Infantry Division landed on Utah Beach, 9 July 1944. 3 days after the initial D-Day Invasion landings. Successful attacks led them through Vidouville and Angers, then in August they crossed the Seine at Fontainebleau, followed by crossing the Marne to seize Reims by the end of August.

The division then prepared for the assault on Metz. In mid-September a bridgehead was established and secured across the Moselle, south of Metz. The first attempts to sieze Metz in September and October failed, but a new push was renewed in November and Metz fell after a heavy 10-day battle. In early December the division had crossed the German border and reached the Saar River. When the Germans started their Ardennes Offensive on the 16th of December, the 5th Infantry was launched against the southern flank of the Bulge two days later where they remained in contact with the enemy until the end of January 1945.

Following the collapse of and victory in the Battle of the Bulge, the 5th Division moved back toward Germany and breached the Siegfried line and crossed the Rhine in March and into Frankfurt-am-Main by the end of the month.

In April the 5th Infantry Division fought in the Ruhr Pocket and was in Czechoslovakia on VE Day.

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Nickname(s): Red Diamond, Red Devils

Motto: We Will


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5th Infantry Division Films  

5th Infantry Division in Western Europe DVD $24.99

5th Infantry Division
Liberation of Western Europe Series
May 1944 - November 1944

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5th Infantry Division Winter War DVD $24.99

5th Infantry Division
Winter War: The Bulge and Beyond Series
December 1944 - March 1945

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5th Division WWII Units

  • 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.
  • 5th Division WWII Campaigns:

  • Normandy
  • Northern France
  • Rhineland
  • Ardennes-Alsace
  • Central Europe
  • 5th Infantry Commanders

  • Maj Gen S Leroy Irwin
  • Maj Gen Albert E Brown
  • Combat Reels salutes the veterans of the 5th Infantry Division of World War II and their valuable contribution to U.S. military history.

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