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2nd Infantry Division

Constituted September 21, 1917 in the Regular Army as Headquarters, 2nd Infantry Division, 2nd ID was organized on October 26, 1917, at Bourmont, Haute Marne, France.

World War II

Following their crossing of the Atlantic and concluding theater training in Northern Ireland and Wales from October 1943 to June 1944, the 2nd Infantry Division crossed the English Channel to land on the Normandy coast at Omaha Beach on D plus 1, June 7, 1944, near St. Laurent-sur-Mer.

Attacking across the Aure River, the Division liberated Trevieres on June 10, and then proceeded to assault and secure Hill 192, the key enemy strongpoint on the road to a key objective of St. Lô. The Division then moved west to join the battle for Brest.

Moving Eastward, the Division entered Germany on October 3, 1944, and the Second Division was ordered, on December 11, 1944, to attack and seize the Roer River dams. The German Ardennes offensive also known as the Battle of the Bulge, in mid-December, forced the Division to withdraw to defensive positions near Elsenborn, where the German drive was halted.

When the Allies returned to the offensive, the 2nd ID, attacked, reaching the Rhine March 9. The Division crossed the Rhine March 21 and advanced to Hadamar and Limburg an der Lahn, relieving elements of the 9th Armored Division, on March 28. Advancing rapidly in the wake of the 9th Armored, the 2nd Division crossed the Weser at Veckerhagen.

Throughout April they continued their advances. The first of May they moved to positions along the German-Czech border where they relieved the 97th ID and 99th ID and crossed into Czechoslovakia on V-E Day, ending the 2nd Infantry Division participation in World War II.

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Nickname: Indian Head, Warrior Division

Motto: Second to None


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2nd Infantry Division Films  

2nd US Infantry Division in Normandy DVD $14.99

2nd Infantry Division
Invasion of Normandy Series
June 1944-August 1944

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2nd Infantry Division in Western Europe DVD $14.99

2nd Infantry Division
Liberation of Western Europe Series
August 1944 - November 1944

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WWII Campaigns

  • Normandy
  • Northern France
  • Rhineland
  • Ardennes-Alsace
  • Central Europe
  • WWII Commanders

  • Major General, John C. H. Lee (November 6, 1941  May 8, 1942)
  • Major General, Walter M. Robertson (May 9, 1942  June 1945)
  • Brigadier General, W. K. Harrison (June  September 1945)
  • WWII Assignments

  • October 22, 1943: Attached to First Army
  • December 24, 1943: XV Corps, but attached to First Army
  • April 14, 1944: V Corps, First Army
  • August 1, 1944: V Corps, First Army, 12th Army Group
  • August 17, 1944: XIX Corps
  • August 18, 1944: VIII Corps, Third Army, 12th Army Group
  • September 5, 1944: VIII Corps, Ninth Army, 12th Army Group
  • October 22, 1944: VIII Corps, First Army, 12th Army Group
  • December 11, 1944: V Corps
  • December 20, 1944: Attached, with the entire First Army, to the British 21st Army Group
  • January 18, 1945: V Corps, First Army, 12th Army Group
  • April 28, 1945: VII Corps
  • May 1, 1945: V Corps
  • May 6, 1945: Third Army, 12th Army Group
  • Units

  • 9th Infantry Regiment
  • 23d Infantry Regiment
  • 38th Infantry Regiment
  • 2d Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized)
  • 2d Engineer Combat Battalion
  • 2d Medical Battalion
  • 15th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
  • 37th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
  • 38th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
  • 12th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm Howitzer)
  • 702d Ordnance Light Maintenance Company
  • 2d Quartermaster Company
  • 2d Signal Company
  • Military Police Platoon
  • Headquarters Company
  • Band
  • Combat Reels salutes the veterans of the 2nd Infantry Division of World War II and their valuable contribution to U.S. military history.

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