|World War Two
26th Infantry Division History
World War II
Activated: 16 January 1941.
Overseas: 26 August 1944.
Campaigns: Northern France, Rhineland,
Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe.
Days of combat: 210.
Distinguished Unit Citations: 1.
Awards: MH-1; DSC-43; DSM-1; SS-955; LM-11;
SM-47; BSM-5,558; AM-81.
Commanders: Maj. Gen. Roger W. Eckfeldt (January
1940-August 1943), Maj. Gen. Willard S. Paul
(August 1943-1 June 1945), Brig. Gen. Harlan N.
Hartness (June-July 1945), Maj. Gen. Stanley E.
Reinhart (July-November 1945), Maj. Gen. Robert W.
Grow (November-December 1945).
Returned to U.S.: December 1945.
Inactivated: 29 December 1945.
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 breakthrough. 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 Division 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.
Assignments in the ETO
28 August 1944: Ninth Army, 12th Army Group. // 5
September 1944: III Corps. // 28 September
1944: Third Army, 12th Army Group. // 1 October
1944: XII Corps. // 12 December 1944: III Corps.
// 28 January 1945: XX Corps. // 23 March 1945:
Nickname: Yankee Division.
Shoulder patch: Khaki-colored, in the shape of a
diamond. In the center, in blue are the letters "Y"
and "D" in the form of a monogram.
Publication: History of the 26th Infantry Division;
by unit members; The Infantry Journal, Washington,
|26th Infantry Division Components :
101st Infantry Regiment
104th Infantry Regiment
328th Infantry Regiment
DIVISION ARTILLERY UNITS:
101st Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
102nd Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
263rd Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
180th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm Howitzer)
DIVISION COMBAT SUPPORT UNITS:
26th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized)
26th Div.Headquarters & Headquarters Company
26th Division Military Police Platoon
101st Combat Engineer Battalion
Division Support Units
114th Medical Battalion
726th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company
26th Quartermaster Company
39th Signal Company
26th Infantry Division Band
1. The Army Almanac: A Book of Facts Concerning
the Army of the United States, U.S. Government
Printing Office, 1950.
2. Order of Battle of the United States Army, World
War II, European Theater of Operations, Office of
the Theater Historian, Paris, France, December
|WWII YANKEE DIVISION LINKS: