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79th Infantry Division

The 79th Infantry Division received its nickname in WWI, fighting in France. The Division was activated 15 June 1942; they left for World War II overseas duty in April 1944. The 79th did not land in France on D-Day but instead continued training and was to be involved with the Allies as soon buildup on the continent and their push toward Germany.

The Division landed on Utah Beach in mid June, entering combat by the 19th south of Cherbourg. By July the 79th had taken Lessay, crossed the Sarthe River and in early August entered Le Mans. In September they had moved east to the Franco-Belgian border frontier and crossed the Moselle River.

After being relieved for a few weeks the 79th Division moved across the Moder River in November, and through Haguenau. In December they encountered the Siegfried Line. From December until early February 1945, the Division fought many engagements around the Moder, most of them defensive until they were able to go on the offensive again.

The 79th Infantry Division crossed the Rhine 24 March 1945 and took part in the clearing of the Ruhr Pocket in April before assuming occupation duty after VE Day.

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Nickname: Cross of Lorraine Division

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79th Infantry Division Films  

79th US Infantry Division in Normandy DVD $34.99

79th Infantry Division
Invasion of Normandy Series
June 1944 - August 1944
$34.99

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79th Infantry Division in Western Europe DVD $19.99

79th Infantry Division
Liberation of Western Europe Series
August 1944 - November 1944
$19.99

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79th Infantry Division Winter War: The Bulge and Beyond DVD $29.99

79th Infantry Division
Winter War: The Bulge and Beyond
December 1944 - March 1945
$29.99

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  • 313th Infantry
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  • Commanders

  • Maj. Gen. I. T. Wyche
  • Combat Reels salutes the veterans of the 79th Infantry Division of World War II and their valuable contribution to U.S. military history.

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