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103d Infantry Division Collection

Identifier: M514

Scope and Contents

This collection contains papers, photographs, and physical materials of the 103d Infantry Division during World War II (1942-1945). This collection follows the soldiers of the 103d division as they train and deploy to Europe during WWII. It contains Morning Reports that give daily updates of the soldiers in the 103d, 328th, 383d, 384th, 803d, 928th, 1089th, 409th, 410th, 411th units. Narratives of the 103d, 409th, and 410th headquarters explain the journey the soldiers undertook once they landed in Europe. The Unit Journals of the 328th, 409th, 410th, 411th, 803d, explain the monthly conditions of each unit.


  • 1942-1947


Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

The 103d Infantry Division was activated in November 1942 and spent nearly two years training in Texas and Louisiana. The division was comprised of three infantry regiments (409th, 410th, and 411th) along with several supporting units (e.g., artillery, medical, etc.). The 103d landed at Marseilles, France, in October 1944 and soon attacked west through southern France and through the Vosges Mountains. In December, it crossed into Germany and assaulted the outer defenses of the Siegfried Line. In January 1945, General Anthony "Nuts" McAuliffe was reassigned after the Battle of the Bulge to command the division through the war’s end. By March, the 103d had penetrated the defenses of the Siegfried Line and reached the Rhine Valley. In April, it continued its offensive and also liberated the Kaufering concentration camp (a sub camp of Dachau). The division next crossed the Danube River into Austria and linked up at the Brenner Pass over the Italian/Austrian border with the 88th Infantry Division which had been advancing north from Italy. After Victory in Europe Day, the 103d performed occupational duties and returned to the U.S to be inactivated in September 1945.


15 Cubic Feet : Oversized: 302A.C3.A1

Language of Materials




The 103d Infantry Division Collection is arranged in 26 boxes with 4 separate series. The first series, World War II Materials, consists of 7 subseries that are on Training, Photographs, Individual Serviceman, Maps, Publications, Textiles, and Artifacts. The second series is the General Charles Haffner Papers. The third series contains 4 subseries named General Orders, Morning Reports, Narratives, and Unit Journals. The fourth series contains information after World War II’s end.

Series I. World War II Materials Subseries 1- Training Subseries 2- Photographs Subseries 3- Individual Serviceman Subseries 4- Maps Subseries 5- Publications Subseries 6- Textiles Subseries 7- Artifacts Series II. General Charles Haffner Papers Series III. NARA Reproductions Subseries 1- General Orders Subseries 2-Morning Reports Subseries 3-Narratives Subseries 4-Unit Journals Series IV. Post-World War II

103d Infantry Division Collection
In Progress
Emma Anderson
June 16,2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001