35th INFANTRY DIVISION  "SANTA FE"

 

 

The 35th Division insignia is a white cross within a white wagon wheel on a blue field. Built around a nucleus of Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri National Guard units, the division trained for World War I in the vicinity of the old Sante Fe trail, and therefore adopted the insignia which represents the Sante Fe Cross.

 
ACTIVATED
23 December 1940, Lincoln, Nebraska.
 
 
ARRIVAL EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO)
25 May 1944
 
 
ARRIVAL CONTINENT (FRANCE)
8 July 1944 ( D + 32 )
 
 
ENTERED COMBAT (ETO)
11 July 1944
 
 
COMMANDING GENERAL (ETO)
 
   ( January 1943 to inactivation 7 December 1945 )  
   
  Maj. Gen. Paul W. Baade  
     
   
 
 

ORGANIC UNITS

   
134th Infantry Regiment
137th Infantry Regiment
320th Infantry Regiment
35th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop ( Mechanized )
60th Engineer Combat Battalion
110th Medical Battalion
 
35th Division Artillery
161st Field Artillery Battalion (105 Howitzer)
216th Field Artillery Battalion (105 Howitzer)
219th Field Artillery Battalion (105 Howitzer)
127th Field Artillery Battalion (155 Howitzer)
   
Special Troops
735th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company
35th Quartermaster Company 
35th Signal Company
Military Police Platoon
Headquarters Company
Band
 
 

ASSIGNMENTS ( ETO )

 

  5 May 1944: XV Corps, Third Army

  8 July 1944: Third Army, but attached to the XIX Corps of First Army

  27 July 1944: V Corps

  1 August 1944: Third Army, 12th Army Group, but attached to the V Corps of First Army

  5 August 1944: Third Army, 12th Army Group

  6 August 1944: XX Corps

  9 August 1944: Third Army, 12th Army Group, but attached to the VII Corps of First Army

  13 August 1944: XII Corps, Third Army, 12th Army Group

  23 December 1944: Third Army, 12th Army Group

  24 December 1944: XX Corps

  26 December 1944: III Corps

  18 January 1945: XX Corps

  23 January 1945: XV Corps, Seventh Army, 6th Army Group

  30 January 1945: XVI Corps, Ninth Army, attached to the British 21st Army Group, 12th Army Group

  4 April 1945: XVI Corps, Ninth Army, 12th Army Group

  13 April 1945: XIX Corps, for operations, and the XIII Corps for administration

  16 April 1945: XIII Corps
 

 CAMPAIGNS (ETO)

 
  NORMANDY ( 6 June 1944 - 24 July 1944 ) (active)
  NORTHERN FRANCE ( 25 July 1944 - 14 September 1944 ) (active)
  RHINELAND ( 15 September 1944 - 21 March 1945 ) (active)
  ARDENNES-ALSACE ( 16 December 1944 - 25 January 1945 ) (active)
  CENTRAL EUROPE  ( 22 March 1945 - 11 May 1945 ) (active)
 
 

COMBAT CHRONICLE

The 35th Infantry Division arrived in England, 25 May 1944, and received further training. It landed on Omaha Beach, Normandy, 5-7 July 1944, and entered combat 11 July, fighting in the Normandy hedgerows, north of St. Lo. The Division beat off 12 German counterattacks at Emelie before entering St. Lo, 18 July. After mopping up in the St. LO area, it took part in the offensive action southwest of St. Lo, pushing the Germans across the Vire, 2 August, and breaking out of the Cotentin Peninsula. While en route to an assembly area, the Division was "flagged off the road," to secure the Mortain-Avranches corridor and to rescue the 30th Division's "Lost Battalion," 7-13 August 1944. Then racing across France through Orleans and Sens, the Division attacked across the Moselle, 13 September, captured Nancy, 15 September, secured Chambrey, 1 October, and drove on to the German border, taking Sarreguemines and crossing the Saar, 8 December. After crossing the Blies River, 12 December, the Division moved to Metz for rest and rehabilitation, 19 December. The 35th moved to Arlon, Belgium, 25-26 December, and took part in the fighting to relieve Bastogne, throwing off the attacks of four German divisions, taking Villers-laBonne-Eau, 10 January, after a 13-day fight and Lutrebois in a 5-day engagement. On 18 January 1945, the Division returned to Metz to resume its interrupted rest. In late January, the Division was defending the Foret de Domaniale area. Moving to Holland to hold a defensive line along the Roer, 622 February, the Division attacked across the Roer, 23 February, pierced the Siegfried Line, reached the Rhine at Wesel, 10 March, and crossed, 25-26 March. It smashed across the Herne Canal and reached the Ruhr River early in April, when it was ordered to move to the Elbe, 12 April. Making the 295-mile dash in 2 days, the 35th mopped up in the vicinity of Colbitz and Angern, until 26 April 1945, when it moved to Hanover for occupational and mopping-up duty, continuing occupation beyond VE-day. The Division left Southampton, England, 5 September, and arrived in New York City, 10 September 1945.

 

ARRIVAL BACK IN THE UNITED STATES

10 September 1945, New York Port of Embarkation. 

 
 

 

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