US Army Divisions in World War II
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4th Infantry Division

Nickname Ivy
Theater(s) served in European
Days of Combat 299
Casualties 22,660
What part of the ArmyRegular Army
Other WarsWW I, Vietnam, Iraq
Date Activated Date Sent Overseas Date Entered Combat Status as of June 1946
01 Jun 40 26 Jan 44 England 6 Jun 44 D-Day inactivated 12 Mar 46
Date Activated
01 Jun 40
Date Sent Overseas
26 Jan 44 England
Date Entered Combat
6 Jun 44 D-Day
Status as of June 1946
inactivated 12 Mar 46
Commanding General(s)
Maj. Gen. Walter E. Prosser   (Jun 40 - Oct 40)
Maj. Gen. Lloyd R. Fredendall   (Oct 40 - Jul 41)
Maj. Gen. Oscar W. Griswold   (Aug 41 - Sep 41)
Maj. Gen. Harold R. Bull   (Oct 41 - Nov 41)
Maj. Gen. Terry de la Mesa Allen   (Dec 41 - Dec 41)
Maj. Gen. Fred C. Wallace   (Jan 42 - Jun 42)
Maj. Gen. Raymond 0. Barton   (Jul 42 - Dec 44)
Maj. Gen. Harold W. Blakeley   (Dec 44 - Oct 45)
Normandy (6 Jun 44 - 24 Jul 44)
Northern France (25 Jul 44 - 14 Sep 44)
Rhineland (15 Sep 44 - 21 Mar 45)
Ardennes-Alsace (16 Dec 44 - 25 Jan 45)
Central Europe (22 Mar 45 - 11 May 45)

Brief History
The 8th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Division was one of the first Allied units to hit the beaches at Normandy on D-day, 6 June 1944. Relieving the isolated 82d Airborne Division at Ste. Mere Eglise, the 4th cleared the Cotentin peninsula and took part in the capture of Cherbourg, 25 June. After taking part in the fighting near Periers, 6-12 July,, the Division broke through the left flank of the German Seventh Army, helped stem the German drive toward Avranches, and by the end of August had moved to Paris, assisting the French in the liberation of their capital. The 4th then moved into Belgium through Houffalize to attack the Siegfried Line at Schnee Eifel, 14 September, and made several penetrations. Slow progress into Germany continued in October, and by 6 November the Division reached the Hurtgen Forest, where a severe engagement took place until early December. It then shifted to Luxembourg, only to meet the German winter offensive head-on, 16 December 1944. Although its lines were dented, it managed to hold the Germans at Dickweiler and Osweiler, and, counterattacking in January across the Sauer, overran German positions in Fouhren and Vianden. Halted at the Prum in February by heavy enemy resistance, the Division finally crossed 28 February near Olzheim, and raced on across the Kyll, 7 March. After a short rest, the 4th moved across the Rhine 29 March at Worms, attacked and secured Wurzburg and by 3 April had established a bridgehead across the Main at Ochsenfurt. Speeding southeast across Bavaria, the Division had reached Miesbach on the Isar, 2 May 1945, when it was relieved and placed on occupation duty.

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.
Other Wars are the wars in which the division was mobilized.
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
Various divisional histories