3rd INFANTRY DIVISION - Rock of the Marne
Activated 12 Nov 1917 • Entered Combat 8 Nov 1942 North Africa • Days of Combat 531 • Casualties 25,977
Maj. Gen. Charles F. Thompson (Jul 40 - Aug 41)
Brig. Gen. Charles P. Hall (Aug 41 - Sep 41)
Maj. Gen. John P. Lucas (Sep 41 - Mar 42)
Maj. Gen. Jonathan W. Anderson (Mar 42 - Mar 43)
Maj. Gen. Lucian K. Truscott, Jr. (Mar 43 - Feb 44)
Maj. Gen. John W. O'Daniel (Feb 44 - Dec 45)
This campaign map shows the route of the 3rd Infantry Division throughout North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany during World War II. This chart is available for purchase at HistoryShots.com.
The 3d Division first saw action in the North African invasion, landing at Fedala, 8 November 1942, and capturing half of French Morocco. On 10 July 1943, the Division made an assault landing on Sicily, fought its way into Palermo before the armor could get there, and raced on to capture Messina, thus ending the Sicilian campaign. Nine days after the Italian invasion, 18 September 1943, the 3d landed at Salerno and in intensive action drove to and across the Volturno and to Cassino.
After a brief rest, the Division was ordered to hit the beaches at Anzio, 22 January 1944, where for 4 months it maintained its toe-hold against furious German counterattacks. On 29 February 1944, the 3d fought off an attack by three German Divisions. In May the Division broke out of the beachhead and drove on to Rome, and then went into training for the invasion of Southern France.
On 15 August 1944, another D-day, the Division landed at St. Tropez, advanced up the Rhone Valley, through the Vosges Mountains, and reached the Rhine at Strasbourg, 26-27 November. After maintaining defensive positions it took part in clearing the Colmar Pocket, 23 January18 February 1945, and on 15 March struck against Siegfried Line positions south of Zweibrucken. The Division smashed through the defenses and crossed the Rhine, 26 March 1945 ; then drove on to take Nurnberg in a fierce battle, capturing the city in block-by-block fighting, 17-20 April. The 3d pushed on to take Augsburg and Munich, 27-30 April, and was in the vicinity of Salzburg when the war in Europe ended.
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