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A FRAGMENT OF VICTORY IN ITALY, THE 92ND INFANTRY DIVISION IN WORLD WAR II A FRAGMENT OF VICTORY IN ITALY, THE 92ND INFANTRY DIVISION IN WORLD WAR II

Colonel Paul Goodman

Publication Date: 1993
248 pages.
7 maps.

Trim Size: 5 1/2
ISBN: 0-89839-159-8


Price: $ 29.95
 
Summary: This history was classified when it was written in the early 1950s. Written by a division staff officer with the express approval of the Division command, it is an important history for this famous unit. Details on the 92nd Infantry Division are as follows. Activated: 15 October 1942. Overseas: 22 September 1944. Campaigns: North Apennines, Po Valley. The 370th RCT, attached to the 1st Armored Division, arrived in Naples, Italy, 1 August 1944 and entered combat on the 24th. It participated in the crossing of the Arno River, the occupation of Lucca and the pentration of the Gothic Line. Enemy resistance was negligible in its area. As Task Force 92, elements of the 92d attacked on the Ligurian coastal flank toward Massa, 5 October. By the 12th, the slight gains achieved were lost to counterattacks. On 13 October, the remainder of the Division concentrated for patrol activities. Elements of the 92d moved to the Serchio sector, 3 November 1944, and advanced in the Serchio River Valley against light resistance, but the attempt to capture Castelnuovo did not succeed. Patrol activities continued until 26 December when the enemy attacked, forcing units of the 92d to withdraw. The attack ended on 28 December. Aside from patrols and reconnaissance, units of the 92d attacked in the Serchio sector, 5-8 February 1945, but enemy counterattacks nullified Division advances. On 1 April, the 370th Regiment and the attached 442d Infantry Regiment (Nisei) attacked in the Ligurian coastal sector and drove rapidly north against light opposition. The 370th took over the Serchio sector and pursued a retreating enemy from 18 April until the collapse of enemy forces, 29 April 1945. Elements of the 92d Division entered La Spezia and Genoa on the 27th and took over selected towns along the Ligurian coast until the enemy surrendered, 2 May 1945. Nickname: Buffalo Division. Slogan: Deeds, not words. Shoulder patch: Black-bordered circular patch of olive drab, containing a black buffalo.