1st Infantry Division "The Big Red One"
The 1st Infantry Division entered combat in World War II as part of "Operation Torch", the invasion of North Africa, the first American campaign against the Axis powers. The Division then moved on to take Sicily in "Operation Husky." It stormed ashore at Gela, July 10, 1943, and quickly overpowered the Italian defenses. On D-Day, June 6,1944, the Big Red One stormed ashore at Omaha Beach. Soon after H-Hour, the Division's 16th Infantry Regiment was fighting for its life on a strip of beach near Coleville-sur-Mer that had been marked the "Easy Red" on battle maps. As the assault progressed, the beach became so congested with destroyed equipment, the dead and the wounded, that there was little room to land reinforcements. Col. George Taylor, commander of the 16th Infantry Regt., told his men, "Two kinds of people are staying on this beach! The dead and those who are going to die! Now, let's get the hell out of here!" Slowly, spurred by the individual heroism of many individuals, the move inland got underway. After the beachhead was secured, the Division moved through the Normandy Hedgerows. The Division liberated Liege, Belgium, and pushed to the German border, crossing through the fortified Siegfried line. The 1st Inf. Div. attacked the first major German city, Aachen, and after many days of bitter house-to house fighting, the German commander surrendered the city on Oct. 21, 1944.
The Division continued its push into Germany, crossing the Rhine River. On Dec. 16, 24 enemy divisions, 10 of which were armored, launched a massive counterattack in the Ardennes sector, resulting in what became known as the Battle of the Bulge. The Big Red One held the critical shoulder of the "Bulge" at Bullingen, destroying hundreds of German tanks in the process. On Jan. 15, 1945, the First Infantry attacked and penetrated the Siegfried line for the second time and occupied the Remagen bridgehead. On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, the Division marched 150 miles to the east of Siegen. On April 8, the Division crossed the Weser River into Czechoslovakia. The war was over May 8, 1945.
At the end of World War II, the Division had suffered 21,023 casualties and 43,743 men had served in its ranks. Its soldiers had won a total of 20,752 medals and awards, including 16 Congressional Medals of Honor. Over 100,000 prisoners had been taken.
29th Infantry Division "Blue and Grey"
During the Second World War, the 29th Infantry Division played a decisive role when it successfully assaulted Omaha Beach on D-Day, june 6, 1944, as part of the great Allied amphibious invasion of German-occupied France. The D-Day landings were a turning point in World War II and the beginning of the end for Hitler's Nazi Germany. Later the 29th participated in the Normandy campaign, liberating the vital Norman crossroads city of St.Lô on July 18, 1944. Subsequently the division played key roles in the Normandy breakout, codenamed "Operation Cobra," the liberation of Brittany and its critical port of Brest, the Rhineland campaign in Holland and Germany, and the final defeat of the German Army east of the Rhine River.
45th Infantry Division "Thunderbirds"
The 45th Infantry Division was formed shortly after World War I and was initially composed of National Guard units from four states; Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona.
The division was among the first four divisions called to duty in World War II. In 511 combat days, the 45th had fought through four countries from Sicily to the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. The division had sustained over 20,000 combat casualties, making it one of the five hardest hit divisions in the Army. Eight Thunderbirds received the nation's highest honor for bravery, the Medal of Honor.
General George S. Patton, then commander of the Seventh Army, summed up the true legacy of the 45th Infantry Division when he addressed the members of the division after their hard fought campaign in Sicily during World War II: "Born at sea, baptized in blood, your fame shall never die. Your division is one of the best, if not the best division, in the history of American Arms."
101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles
Upon the activation of the 101st Airborne Division on 16 August 1942 at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, its first commander, Major General William C. Lee, observed that "The 101st has no history, but it has a rendezvous with destiny." Time and time again, the 101st has kept that rendezvous and, in so doing, has acquired a proud history. The 101st moved to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, for training and successfully demonstrated its readiness during the Tennessee maneuvers of 1943. Embarking from New York City in September, the Division continued training in England until D-Day, 6 June 1944, when its pathfinders became the first Americans to set foot in Nazi occupied France. The Screaming Eagles cleared the way for the 1st and 4th Infantry Divisions at Omaha and Utah Beaches. After 33 days of continuous fighting, including a bitter battle for the town of Carentan, the 101st returned to England to prepare for the liberation of Holland. On 17 September 1944, the Division seized and held the Eindoven-Arnhen corridor for 10 days against heavy odds and spent a total of 72 days in battle.
In November 1944, The 101st returned to France for a well deserved rest, only to be called to action again in the Battle of the Bulge. While guarding the crucial transportation hub of Bastogne, Belgium, the division was surrounded by advancing enemy forces who demanded immediate surrender. The acting Division Commander, Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe, made history with his classic reply "Nuts!". The Siege was broken on 26 December 1944, but the fighting continued until 18 January 1945. After moving through Alsace and the Ruhr Valleys, the 101st captured Hitler’s retreat at Berchtesgarden.
101st Screaming Eagles skin set:
- Added camo to the American faces. - Changed the field jacket into a M1942 Paratrooper Uniform - Added the 101st Screaming Eagles division patch to the sleeves. - Changed the standard infantry trousers into Reinforced M1942 airborne jump trousers. - Changed the field shoes into Airborne jumpboots.
This can be used on the Bocage and Operation Market Garden map.
1st, 29th and 45th Division skin sets:
- Added chickenwire to the helms * - Gave the backpacks a US logo * - Added the original Division patches to their sleeves. - Created 2 different skinsets for the US 1st and 45th infantry division. One set with a Green fieldjacket and one set with a Kaki fieldjacket. Its up to you to decide which one you are going to use.
The 1st division skins can be used for Omaha beach and Bocage. The 29th division skin can be used for Omaha beach. The 45th division skins can be used for Anzio and Salerno.
* The helms and backpacks can be used for all 6 different skin sets
Installation If you have the merciless historic add-on simple copy these files in your selected texture map folders. If you don't have it yet I suggest you download it ASAP or use the good old RFA extractor. For any questions or suggestions regarding these skins you can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org Enjoy, Gurki
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