US WW2 32nd Division Patch . USP506


U.S. 32nd Infantry “Red Arrow” division shoulder sleeve insignia (patch). Green back patch. Glue residue on back.

Additional Notes: The U.S. 32nd Infantry Division was formed from Army National Guard units from Wisconsin and Michigan and fought primarily during WW1 and WW2 with roots as the Iron Brigade in the American Civil War. In WW1, during tough combat in France, it soon acquired from the French the nickname Les Terribles, referring to its fortitude in advancing over terrain others could not. It was the first allied division to pierce the German Hindenburg Line of defense, and the 32nd division then adopted its shoulder patch; a line shot through with a red arrow, to signify its tenacity in piercing the enemy line. It then became known as the Red Arrow Division.

During WW2, the 32nd division was credited with many “firsts”. It was the first U.S. division to deploy as an entire unit overseas and among the first of seven U.S. Army and U.S. Marine units to engage in offensive ground combat operations during 1942. The division was among the first divisions to engage the enemy and were still fighting holdouts after the official Japanese surrender. The 32nd logged a total of 654 days of combat during WW2, more than any other U.S. Army division


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