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83rd Infantry Division

The 83rd Infantry Division was activated on 15 August 1942. They left for Europe on 6 April arriving in England on 16 April 1944. The Division landed at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France on 18 June 1944 after the D-Day Invasion and the Allies had secured the Beachhead.

Immediately into the battle of the hedgerows the 83rd fought South of Carentan and reached the St. Lo-Periers road in late July. August and September found the Division in Dinard, St. Malo, St. Servan and locations along the Loire River including Beaugency.

The 83rd then moved along the Moselle and advanced to the Siegfried line across the Sauer River. November and December found the them in the Hurtgen Forest moving toward the Roer.

With the German Ardennes Offensive, the 83rd found themselves near Rochefort as the Battle of the Bulge ensued until the end of January. In March, they resumed offensive activity advancing toward the Rhine crossing on the 29th. April had the 83d Infantry Division advancing to the Elbe when World War II in Europe ended.

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Nickname(s): Thunderbolt Division, Ohio Division


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83rd Infantry Division Films  

83rd Infantry Division in Western Europe DVD $19.99

83rd Infantry Division
Liberation of Western Europe Series
June 1944 - November 1944

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83rd Infantry Division The Bulge and Beyond DVD $19.99

83rd Infantry Division
Winter War: The Bulge and Beyond Series
December 1944 - March 1945

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WWII Campaigns

  • Normandy
  • Northern France
  • Rhineland
  • Ardennes-Alsace
  • Central Europe
  • Assignments in the ETO

  • 8 April 1944: VIII Corps, Third Army
  • 25 June 1944: Third Army
  • 1 July 1944: VII Corps
  • 15 July 1944: VIII Corps
  • 1 August 1944: XV Corps, Third Army, 12th Army Group
  • 3 August 1944: VIII Corps
  • 5 September 1944: VIII Corps, Ninth Army, 12th Army Group
  • 10 September 1944: Ninth Army, 12th Army Group
  • 21 September 1944: Third Army, 12th Army Group
  • 11 October 1944: VIII Corps, Ninth Army, 12th Army Group
  • 22 October 1944: VIII Corps, First Army, 12th Army Group
  • 8 November 1944: Third Army, 12th Army Group
  • 11 November 1944: VIII Corps, First Army, 12th Army Group
  • 7 December 1944: VII Corps
  • 20 December 1944: Attached, with the entire First Army, to the British 21st Army Group
  • 22 December 1944: XIX Corps, Ninth Army
  • 26 December 1944: VII Corps, First Army
  • 16 February 1945: XIX Corps, Ninth Army, 12th Army Group
  • 8 May 1945: XIII Corps
  • WWII Units

  • 329th Infantry
  • 330th Infantry
  • 331st Infantry
  • 83rd Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized)
  • 308th Engineer Combat Battalion
  • 308th Medical Battalion
  • 322nd Field Artillery Battalion (105 Howitzer)
  • 323rd Field Artillery Battalion (105 Howitzer)
  • 908th Field Artillery Battalion (105 Howitzer)
  • 324th Field Artillery Battalion (105 Howitzer)
  • Commanders

  • Brig Gen Robert C. Macon
  • Maj Gen Robert C. Macon
  • Combat Reels salutes the veterans of the 83rd Infantry Division of World War II and their valuable contribution to U.S. military history.

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