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Site Map: 44th Infantry Division

This site represents an attempt to accurately chronicle the battle history of the U.S. 44th Infantry Division in World War II.   Included are
many custom maps and published for the first time images pertinent to the division.

Heavy Metal

Tank Destroyers
The M10 weighed 33 tons, had a maximum speed of 30 miles (50 kilometers) per hour, and could travel 200 miles on a load of fuel. It was operated by a crew of five. Its armor ranged in thickness from a maximum of 37 millimeters (1.5 inches) to a minimum of 12 millimeters.
155mm Long Tom
The American 155mm artillery gun was an exceptional artillery weapon of WWII.
The "88"
The best gun of the war, the 88 was a lethal and extremely versatile gun. It could appear on a tank, as an anti-tank gun, assault or as an anti-aircraft weapon. It proved able to knock out any Allied tanks at ranges up to 2,000 yards while proved lethal as an anti-infantry weapon. From this, the 88 developed a mythos or reputation equaled only by the Tiger tank and perhaps the German 81-mm mortar.
Panzers
Rare and never before published photographs of German panzers
M24 Chaffee
The M24 "Chaffee" proved itself as one of the finest light tanks of World War II.
57mm AT Gun
The test determined the effectiveness of the 57mm AT gun against a Mark V Panther tank.
Tiger I
How to Identify the German PZKW VI Tank "Tiger"
Panther
How to Identify the German PZKW V Tank "Panther"
Fort Stevens
On the night of June 21, 1942, Fort Stevens saw its only action when a Japanese submarine (the I-25) fired 5.5 inch shells in the vicinity of the fort. The shelling caused no damage.

Small Arms

German Mines
Mines provided great utility at low cost to the defender.
MG34 & MG42 German Machine Guns
The Germans rejected the concept of special purpose machine guns. The MG 34 and the MG 42 could be fired without a mount or it can be mounted on a bipod for use as a light machine gun.
German Mortars
The German infantry support mortar of WW2 is an extremely effective weapon, dreaded and revered by the Allies.
Thompson & Grease Gun
One of the most recognizable weapons in history, the Thompson even gained a nick-name that took on a generic meaning to describe any sub-machine gun: the Tommy Gun.
Browning Automatic Rifle
The Browning Automatic Rifle, or BAR, in some ways is the first assault rifle.
U.S. Machine Guns
Browning .30 and .50 caliber machine guns provided decades of continuous service.
Garand
Universally known as the Garand, it was the first self-loading semi automatic rifles accepted for military service.
MP40 SMG
Unlike the Luger, the MG34 and the all other German small arms before it, the MP38 was designed for mass production, like the Model T Ford.
Walther P38
From the onset, the P 38 proved an exceptional military pistol. The weapon was robust, accurate and well balanced.
Colt  M1911
The .45 caliber M1911 is one of the most successful pistol designs in military history.
Luger Pistol
Over two million P 08 weapons were produced by various manufacturers in numerous main variants of the pistol that is typically but incorrectly known just as the Luger.
Suomi m/1931
To the Finns, a soldier armed with the M31 was another "Tikkakoski mannequin."  Tikkakoski is the place where the gun was produced.  The Soviets invaders had a different name for these defenders: “Belaya Smert” or “the White Death”.
Gewehr 43
The gun was light, reliable and popular with the German troops. 
Sturmgewehr 44
First deployed in 1944, the StG44 or Sturmgewehr 44 Assault Gun proved to be a revolutionary weapon.
First deployed in 1944, the StG44 or Sturmgewehr 44 Assault Gun proved to be a revolutionary weapon.
FG42 Fallschirmjgergewehr-42
The FG-42 served as a basis for the American M60 machine gun.
Panzerbchse  Pz.B.38 & Pz.B 39 Anti-Tank Rifles
The Pz.B.38 and Pz.B.39 are light antitank weapons carried by German infantry during the early years of WW2. 
German Grenades
The hand grenades used by the German Army are all of the "offensive" type

Combat Lessons: Battle experiences of others during WW2

Combat Lessons: Urban Combat during WW2
Purpose: To give others the benefit of the battle experiences of others in street fighting. (WW2)
Combat Lessons: Leadership
Purpose: To give others the benefit of the battle experiences of others in the art of leadership (WW2).
Infantry & Tanks WWII
Current operations point to the increasing employment of the small infantry-tank team in a role requiring the closest cooperation and the ultimate in mutual support.
Observation Post & Forward Observers
Combat Lessons: OP observation post security. It's Gotta Be Good
Combat Lessons: Tank Destroyer Tips
Battlefield Reorganization
Purpose: To give others the benefit of the battle experiences of others in successfully reorganizing after a successful attack for the small unit.
Combat Lessons: Combat Training WWII
If I had to train a rifle company again, I would stress the following:  
Mountain Combat
Patrolling
Combat Lessons: Patrol Tips from the ETO WWII - 1944

Chapter One:  Honors
Eleven pages containing background information about the 44th from inception to stand-down.  Content revolves around the division's the battle order, statistics, timelines, and training.   Includes many photographs and maps.

Chapter Two: The Vosges
Eighteen pages recount the battle history starting at in October 1994, at the forest de Parroy near Luneville, the attack on the Vosges winter line, the Panzer Lehr counter-attack through piercing the German Siegfried line Maginot fortresses and to the start of the Ardennes offensive.  All pages include rich image content of maps and pictures.

Chapter Three: Nordwind New Year's Attack
Twelve pages about the desperate early days of January 1945.  The final major German offensive in the West, nine-plus divisions now attacked two American divisions, the 44th and 100th plus an assortment of assigned mechanized units.  Stretched beyond the point of danger,  each division held a line of over 15 miles length. 

Chapter Four:  Victory
A total of twelve pages starting in mid-January to the end of the war describe a battle-weary 44th battling from the Rhine through southern Germany and into Italy. 

Chapter Five:  Stories
Twenty first hand accounts about life as a 44th GI.

Chapter Six:  Pictures
Fourteen pages containing hundreds of photographs, cartoons and maps pertaining to the 44th infantry and its weapons.

Chapter Seven:  News
Nine pages with information about division associations, news and resources.

44th Infantry Image Store
Unique quality garments, calendars and gifts involving the 44th.

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