106th Infantry Division – Order of Battle – 1944-1945

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Activated on March 15 1943 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, the 106th Infantry Division moved on Jan 24 1944 to the Second Army #5 Tennessee Maneuvers then was transferred to Camp Atterbury, Indiana on Mar 28 1944. The Division staged at Camp Myles Standish Massachusetts on Oct 10 1944 until departed Boston POE Nov 10 1944. The 106th arrived then in England on Nov 17 1944 and landed in France Dec 6 1944. The Division crossed into Belgium on Dec 10 1944, participated to the Battle of the Bulge then returned to France on Mar 16 1945. The 106th Infantry Division reentered Germany on Apr 25 1945 and after the German Campaign and Guard duties in Germany, was send back home and arrived the New York POE Oct 1 1945. The Division was inactivated at Camp Shanks New York Oct 2 1945.

106th Infantry Division : Casualties

Killed in Action : 417
Wounded in Action : 1278
Died of Wounds : 53
Prisoners of War : 6697


106th Infantry Division : Commanders

Maj Gen Alan W. Jones – March 1943 – December 1944
Brig Gen Herbert T. Perrin – December 1944 – February 1945
Maj Gen Donald A. Stroh – February 1945 – October 1945

106th Infantry Division – Order of Battle 1944

HQs & HQs Company, 106th Infantry Division
HQs & HQs Battery, Divison Artillery
HQs Special Troops
81st Engineer Combat Battalion
106th Counter Intelligence Corps Det
106th Quartermaster Company
106th Reconnaissance Troop, Mecz
106th Signal Company
331 st Medical Battalion
422nd Infantry Regiment
423rd Infantry Regiment
424th Infantry Regiment
589th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
590th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
591st Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
592nd Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
806th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company
Military Police Platoon
440th AAA-Auto-Wpns Battalion (17-12-1944 – 25-12-1944)
563rd AAA-Auto-Wpns Battalion (09-12-1944 – 18-12-1944)
634th AAA Auto-Wpns Battalion (08-12-1944 – 18-12-1944)
820th Tank Destroyer Battalion (08-12-1944 – 04-01-1945)

106th Infantry Division – Order of Battle 1945

HQs & HQs Company, 106th Infantry Division
HQs & HQs Battery, Division Artillery
HQs Special Troops
3rd Infantry Regiment

Attached to division 03-16-1945 – 09-05-1945 to replace 422nd, 423rd :

81st Engineer Combat Battalion
106th Counter Intelligence Corps Det
106th Quartermaster Company
106th Reconnaissance Troop, Mecz
106th Signal Company
159th Infantry Regiment

Attached to division 03-16-1945 – 09-05-1945 to replace 422nd, 423rd :

331st Medical Battalion
424th Infantry Regiment
589th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
590th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
591st Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
592nd Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
806th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company
Military Police Platoon

106th Infantry Division Combat Narratives

The 106th Infantry landed in France on Dec 6 1944 and replaced the 2nd Infantry Division in the Schnee Eifel sector of Belgium on Dec 11. The German Ardenne Counteroffensive struck the division on Dec 16, the 424th Inf being at Winterspelt and the 422nd and 423rd Inf Regts being in the Schnee Eifel salient. Both 422nd and 423rd Inf surrendered on Dec 19 1944 after being encircled in their area near Schoenberg the previous day. The 424th Infantry Regiment was pushed back across the Our River, losing most of its equipment, and joined other divisional remnants to hold St Vith on Dec 20 and 21 1944, being reinforced by the 112/28-ID on Dec 19 to 23 1944.

From Dec 24 to 30, the 424th Infantry Regiment was attached to the 7th Armored Division and participated in heavy combat around Manhay, and then was withdrawn to Anthisnes Belgium. The 424th Infantry took over defense of the Wanne – Wanneranval region Jan 9 1945 and the division had a second regiment attached, the separate 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Jan 11 to 17. On Jan 15, the division consolidated and cleared Ennal. It then assembled at Stavelot Jan 18 and the 424th Infantry was again attached to the 7/AD Jan 23 to 28 where it fought at Meyerode and in the St Vith vicinity.

The division moved to Hunnigen on February 7, and the 424th Infantry Regt was attached to the 99th Infantry Division Feb 5 to Feb 9. The 424th then advanced along the high ground between the Berk and Simmer River until it reached Olds on Mar 7 1945. It was then sent for rehabilitation and the division given a security mission along the Rhine River until Mar 15 1945, when the division was withdrawn to St Quentin to be rebuilt. The division was reconstituted on Mar 16 1945 when the 3rd Infantry Regiment and 159th Infantry Regiment were attached to replace its surrendered regiments. It then moved back into Germany on Apr 25 but was relegated to duty processing prisoners and performing military occupation of secure areas. The 422nd and 423rd Infantry Regiments were newly formed in France from replacements and attached to the 66th Infantry Division for training purposes on April 15, and were still in this capacity when hostilities were declared ended on May 7 1945.



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