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WW2 US 35th Infantry Division Patch & German Pamphlet


World War 2 U.S. 35th Infantry Division Patch which comes together with a German Propaganda Leaflet which was dropped on these soldiers in the Roer area 'Welcome, men of the 35th Division!'.

The 35th Infantry Division arrived in England on 25 May 1944 and received further training. It landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy on 5–7 July 1944 and entered combat on 11 July, fighting in the Normandy hedgerows north of St. Lo. Then racing across France through Orleans and Sens, the division attacked across the Moselle on 13 September, captured Nancy on 15 September, secured Chambrey on 1 October, and drove on to the German border, taking Sarreguemines and crossing the Saar on 8 December. After crossing the Blies River on 12 December, the division moved to Metz for rest and rehabilitation on 19 December. The 35th moved to Arlon, Belgium December 25–26, and took part in the fighting to relieve Bastogne, throwing off the attacks of four German divisions, taking Villers-laBonne-Eau on 10 January, after a 13-day fight and Lutrebois in a 5-day engagement. On 18 January 1945, the division returned to Metz to resume its interrupted rest.

In late January, the division was defending the Foret de Domaniale area. Moving to the Netherlands to hold a defensive line along the Roer on 22 February, the division attacked across the Roer on 23 February, pierced the Siegfried Line, reached the Rhine at Wesel on 10 March, and crossed 25–26 March. This is the area where they picked up these German propaganda leaflets. Many US soldiers kept these German pamphlets as souvernirs. Interesting original set!

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