US 1st Infantry Division
The 1st Infantry Division of the United States Army
nicknamed The Big Red One after its shoulder patch; and also
nicknamed "The Fighting First" - is the oldest division
in the United States Army, and has seen continuous service since its
organization in 1917.
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1. When was the Big Red One - 1st Infantry Division activated?
- May 24, 1917
- May 24, 1927
- May 24, 1937
2. 1st Division started preparing for World War II by moving to Fort
Benning on November 19, 1939, and ran its personnel through the Infantry
School. It then moved to the Sabine Parish, Louisiana area on May 11,
1940 to participate in the Louisiana Maneuvers. They then returned to
Fort Hamilton on June 5, 1940. The headquarters was then transferred to
Fort Devens at Ayer, Massachusetts February 4, 1941, and then
participated in the October and November maneuvers in the Carolinas,
with a garrison at Samarcand, North Carolina on October 16, 1941. 1st
Division then returned to Fort Devens on December 6, 1941, which is
where they were when Pearl Harbor was attacked.
3. Who commanded the 1st Infantry Division from February 1941 to
- Maj. Gen. Donald Cubbison
- Maj. Gen. Abe Gibbons
- Maj. Gen. Mark Grace
4. In World War II, the division landed on November 8, 1942, as part
of Operation Torch. Where did they land?
- Oran, Algeria
- Casablanca, Morocco
- Gibraltar, Spain
5. In July, 1943, it took part in Operation Husky in Sicily under the
command of Major General Terry de la Mesa Allen. It was assigned to the
II Corps. It was in Sicily that the 1st saw heavy action when making
amphibious landings on Gela, the most fortified German beach head
positions. The 1st then moved up through the center of Sicily, slogging
it out through the mountains along with the 45th Infantry Division. In
these mountains, the division saw some of the heaviest fighting in the
entire Sicilian campaign at Troina; some units losing more than half
their strength in assaulting the mountain town. On August 7, 1943, Who
assumed command of the 1st Infantry?
- Major General Clarence R. Huebner
- Major General Robert Morgan
- Major General Irvin Matthews
6. When that campaign was over, the division returned to England to
prepare for the Normandy invasion. Which beach did they land on?
7. The division followed up the St. Lo break-through with an attack
on Marigny, July 27, 1944, and then drove across France in a continuous
offensive, reaching the German border in September. What city did the
division laid siege to, taking the city after a direct assault on
October 21, 1944?
8. The division raced to the Ardennes, and fighting continuously from
December 17, 1944 to January 28, 1945, helped blunt and turn back the
9. The division attacked and again breached the Siegfried Line,
fought across the Roer, February 23, 1945, and drove on to the Rhine,
crossing at the bridgehead. On March 15�16, what bridgehead did they
10. The First took part in the encirclement of the Ruhr Pocket,
captured Paderborn, pushed through the Harz Mountaiins, and was in
Czechoslovakia, fighting at Kinsperk, Sangerberg, and Mnichov when the
war in Europe ended. How many members of the division were awarded the
Medal of Honor?