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Citizen Soldiers: US Infantry Division in Normandy, June - August 1944. Citizen Soldiers:
US Infantry Division in Normandy & Brittany, June - August 1944.

with Mike Haught

While I was working on expanding the US Rifle Company in Overlord, I got so interested in the various divisions that I wanted to make them all into forces for Flames Of War. So I’ve taken all of the American divisions that fought in Normandy and Brittany and made a unique company diagram to represent each one. Some have a special rule associated with them in exchange for the normal US Special Rule: Truscott Trot.

Last Updated 12 September 2013.

Latest Update
28th, 80th, & 5th Infantry Divisions
This week brings the last update for the Citizen Soldiers PDF. It covers the pocket-crushing, fast-chasing, late-arriving US infantry divisions in Northern France. These include the 28th ‘Bloody Bucket’, the 80th ‘Blue Ridge’, and 5th ‘Red Diamond’ Infantry Divisions. Together with those found in the Allied book: Overlord, you should now have all of the infantry divisions that fought in Northern France from June to early August 1944.

Thanks for the support on this project, it was fun to do and I really hope I can tackle something similar with the US divisions in the Ardennes in the future! Until then, get off the beach, smash through the hedgerows, but above all, run the Germans out of France!

Download a PDF version of the Citizen Soldiers: US Infantry Division in Normandy & Brittany, June - August 1944 here...
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting several divisions based loosely on the historical timeline they entered the battle for France. Of course I’m always on the look out for errors and corrections, so if you spot something, be sure to sound off on the forum.

~ Mike.
Past Updates
30th & 35th Infantry Divisions Added 4 July 2013
This week’s additions to the US Infantry Divisions in France briefing are the 30th and 35th Infantry Divisions. These two fought side-by-side at the battle of Mortain during one of Germany’s few panzer offensives in Normandy called Operation Lüttich.

The German assault, which was meant to severe the US supply lines feeding Operation Cobra, hit the 30th Infantry on 6 August at Mortain. The ‘Old Hickory’ Division held against a German corps, but they needed help as a good portion of their troops were trapped and cut off on Hill 314.

The 35th Infantry Division quickly turned around, having been on its way to help the Brittany campaign. Already configured as a fast pursuit division, the Santa Fe division swept in to help the 30th rescue its trapped troops on Hill 314 and extinguish the last flame in the German offensive.

Take command of a rifle company from either of these two divisions and do your part in smashing Hitler’s dreams of kicking the Allies off the continent!

8th & 83rd Infantry Divisions Added 11 July 2013
For this week’s instalment of Citizen Soldiers, we head to Brittany. It was here that the Germans thought an invasion more likely than in Normandy, owing to the deep-water port city of Brest, St. Nazaire, and Lorient. These regions were heavily fortified, including the ancient citadel of St. Malo on the northern coastline. When the Allies landed in Normandy, the fortress cities were quickly fortified against inland assaults, assuring that the fight for Brittany would require a lot of firepower.

Saint Malo was the first Allied objective. It was massively fortified and the US Army greatly underestimated the size of the German garrison there. Soon the entire 83rd and a regiment from the 8th Infantry Divisions were involved in reducing the city’s defenses. The street fighting there taught the doughboys vital lessons, ones that the army would apply in Brest itself, such as direct-fire missions with heavy artillery pieces, specialised assault groups using Bangalore explosives and flame-throwers, and more.

As Saint Malo was being reduced by the 83rd, the bulk of the 8th Infantry Division moved against Brest and took up a position in line between the 29th and 2nd Infantry Divisions. Well versed and practiced in night-time attacks, the 8th, or Pathfinders, used this training to reduce enemy strongpoints. They held the centre until the area of operations was too tight to hold three US divisions, at which point the 8th was withdrawn to clear the Crozon Peninsula where it accepted General Hermann Ramcke’s surrender on 19 September 1944.

You’ll see that these two divisions lack many tanks, due to the fact that there were actually few Sherman battalions (perhaps only one, the 709th). However, you’ll find no other divisions with more artillery and firepower available. This might have something to do with both divisions receiving entire Artillery Groups in support of their siege operations! So, is your mate’s fortified company causing your doughboys a headache? Time to send in the 8th or 83rd Infantry Divisions!

Last Updated On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by Wayne at Battlefront