13th Airborne DIVISION - The Angels

Activated 13 Aug 1943  •  Entered Combat n/a  •  Days of Combat 0  •  Casualties 13 


Commanding General

Maj. Gen. George W. Griner   (Aug 43 - Nov 43) 
Maj. Gen. Elbridge G. Chapman, Jr.   (Nov 43 - inactivation) 





Division Chronicle

Although assigned to the First Allied Airborne Army in Europe, the Division as a whole was not committed to action in the European theater. The Division continued its training in France and was alerted for several operations, but these did not materialize. One of its elements, the 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment, which was assigned to the Division 1 March 1945, had previously seen combat in Italy, Southern France, and in the Ardennes. The Division returned to the United States in August 1945 for redeployment to the Pacific but the end of the war precluded its use in combat in that theater.

Notes and sources:
Date Activated is the date the division was activated or inducted into federal service (national guard units).
Casualties are number of killed, wounded in action, captured, and missing.
The dates after the campaign name are the dates of the campaign not of the division.
The Army Almanac: A Book of Facts Concerning the Army of the United States; , U.S. Government Printing Office. Army Battle Casualties and Nonbattle Deaths in World War II, Final Report, 1 December 1941 - 31 December 1946. US Army Center of Military History at http://www.history.army.mil/ Various divisional histories