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103d Infantry Division Collection

 Unprocessed Collection
Identifier: M514

Scope and Contents

UNPROCESSED materials from the 103d Infantry Division Association of World War II.

Dates

  • 1942-

Creator

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.

Extent

15 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

French

Title
103d Infantry Division Collection
Status
In Progress
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

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