Chronology


General


Nickname: Yankee Division

Shoulder patch: Khakicolored, in the shape of a diamond. In the center, in blue are the letters "Y" and "D" in the form of a monogram.

World War I


Activated: July 1917 (National Guard Division from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
Overseas: October 1917
Major Operations: Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne
Days of combat: 210
Casualties: Total 13,664 - KIA 1,587 - WIA 12,077
Inactivated: May 1919

World War II


Chronology


Inducted 16 January 1941
Overseas 26 August 1944
Arrived ETO 7 September 1944
Arrived Continent (D+105) 19 September 1944
Entered Combat 12 October 1944
Days in Combat 199
Returned to U.S. December 1945
Inactivated 29 December 1945

Campaigns


Northern France
Rhineland
Ardennes
Central Europe

Combat Chronicle


The 26th Infantry Division landed in France at Cherbourg and Utah Beach, 7 September 1944, but did not enter combat as a Division until a month later, 7 October. Elements were on patrol duty along the coast from Carteret to Siouville, 13-30 September, and the 328th Infantry saw action with the 80th Division to which it was attached, 5-15 October. On 7 October the 26th relieved the 4th Armored Division in the Salonnes-Moncourt-Canal du Rhine au Marne sector, and maintained defensive positions; a limited objective attack was launched, 22 October, in the Moncourt woods. On 8 November the Division went on the offensive, took Dieuze, 20 November, advanced across the Saar River to Saar Union, and captured it, 2 December, after house-to-house fighting. Reaching Maginot fortifications, 5 December, it regrouped, entering Saareguemines 8 December.

Rest at Metz was interrupted by the Von Rundstedt offensive. The Division moved north to Luxembourg, 19-21 December, to take part in the battle of the Ardennes break-through. It attacked at Rambrouch and Grosbous, 22 December, beat off strong German counterattacks, captured Arsdorf on Christmas Day after heavy fighting, attacked toward the Wiltz River, but was forced to withdraw in the face of determined enemy resistance; after regrouping, 5-8 January 1945, it attacked again, reached the Wiltz River, and finally crossed it, 20 January. The Division continued its advance, took Grumelscheid, 21 January, and crossed the Clerf River, 24 January.

The 26th then shifted to the east bank of the Saar, and maintained defensive positions in the Saarlautern area, 29 January-6 March 1945. The Division's drive to the Rhine jumped off on 13 March 1945, and carried the Division through Merzig, 17 March, to the Rhine, 21 March, and across the Rhine at Oppenheim, 25-26 March. It took part in the house-to-house reduction of Hanau, 28 March, broke out of the Main River bridgehead, drove through Fulda, 1 April, and helped reduce Meiningen, 5 April. Moving southeast into Austria, the Division assisted in the capture of Linz, 4 May. It had changed the direction of its advance, and was moving northeast into Czechoslovakia, across the Vlatava River, when the cease-fire order was received.


Command Posts


Date Town Region Country
7 Sep 44 Valognes Staging Area
(Division landed directly in France.
Did not go to U.K.)
Manche France
30 Sep Aumeville-Lestre Manche France
4 Oct Fontainebleau Seine-et-Marne France
6 Oct Hoeville Meurthe-et-Moselle France
8 Nov Arracourt Meurthe-et-Moselle France
10 Nov Vic-sur-Seille Moselle France
13 Nov Hampont Moselle France
19 Nov Wuiss Moselle France
21 Nov Bessingen Moselle France
27 Nov Albenstroff Moselle France
2 Dec Altweiler Moselle France
5 Dec Saarunion Bas-Rhin France
8 Dec Ormingen Bas-Rhin France
10 Dec Achen Bas-Rhin France
13 Dec Metz Moselle France
19 Dec Eischen Luxemb.
22 Dec Redange Luxemb.
25 Dec Grosbous Luxemb.
30 Dec Bonnal Luxemb.
8 Jan 45 Eschdorf Luxemb.
20 Jan Bavigne Luxemb.
22 Jan Doncols Luxemb.
24 Jan Boevange Luxemb.
28 Jan Boulay-Moselle Moselle France
7 Mar Saarburg Rhineland Germany
9 Mar Serrig Rhineland Germany
17 Mar Brotsdorf Pfalz Germany
17 Mar Buprich Pfalz Germany
18 Mar Huttersdorf Pfalz Germany
19 Mar Dirmingen Pfalz Germany
20 Mar Ottweiler Pfalz Germany
21 Mar Landstuhl Pfalz Germany
23 Mar Niederolm Pfalz Germany
25 Mar Leeheim Pfalz Germany
26 Mar Darmstadt Pfalz Germany
27 Mar Jugesheim Hessen Germany
30 Mar Hanau Hessen-Nassau Germany
31 Mar Vonhausen Hessen Germany
31 Mar Waldensberg Hessen Germany
1 Apr Hosenfel Hessen-Nassau Germany
3 Apr Fulda Hessen-Nassau Germany
4 Apr Ceisa Thuringia Germany
5 Apr Rossdorf Thuringia Germany
7 Apr Suhl Thuringia Germany
11 Apr Schleusingen Thuringia Germany
12 Apr Schalkau Thuringia Germany
13 Apr Sonneberg Thuringia Germany
15 Apr Wallensfels Bavaria Germany
16 Apr Helmbrechts Bavaria Germany
19 Apr Stammbach Bavaria Germany
20 Apr Kemnath Bavaria Germany
21 Apr Pressath Bavaria Germany
22 Apr Freihung Bavaria Germany
23 Apr Schwartzenfeld Bavaria Germany
24 Apr Bodenwohr Bavaria Germany
25 Apr Falkenstein Bavaria Germany
26 Apr Mitterfels Bavaria Germany
27 Apr Egg Bavaria Germany
29 Apr Zentig Bavaria Germany
30 Apr Tittling Bavaria Germany
1 May Hauzenberg Bavaria Germany
4 May Lembach Bavaria Germany
6 May 45 Aigen Bavaria Germany

On May 8, 1945 (the day the war ended) General Willard S. Paul, C.O. of the 26th Infantry Division established his command post in the town of Prachatice (or Prachatize), Czechoslovakia. My friend Sgt. Edward Canty had notified me that the anticipated advance division CP was designated Netolice, Czechoslovakia. The end of the war made the advanced CP unnecessary. - Carl P. De Vasto
by courtesy of US Army Center of Military History