The 1st Infantry Division was established in 1917 to participate in the fighting in France and faced the major German offensives of 1918. During the Second World War, it effected its first assault landing in North Africa in 1942. Then followed the invasion of Sicily, D-Day in Normandy, the battle of the Bulge and the conquest of the Reich, as far as Czechoslovakia.
According to the division lore, at the time, the U.S. Army consisted of the First Infantry Division and eight million replacements! Thanks to hundreds of historical pictures, the reader will follow the Big Red One’s glorious path in its most difficult assignments.
"Well written, excellent photos, recommended." ~Scale Military Modeller International
"Superb biopic of the history and Second World War engagements of the First Infantry Division of the US. Encapsulates the entire involvement of the US in the second world war..." ~Books Monthly
"This is a very pleasant way to get a lot of information about a large unit without having to read a novel sized book with a few black and whites buried in the middle. Highly recommended to those interested in the Big Red One and the big crucial stages of the Second World War.”" ~Military Modelling
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