January 26th 1944

Order of Battle US Forces

The US 4th Infantry Division arrives in Great Britain after a nine to ten days ocean voyage from New York where embarked their troop ship SS George Washington to Liverpool. The 4th Infantry is organized into VII Corps, US First Army, and is earmarked to be one of the assault divisions on D-DAY.

4th INFANTRY DIVISION

The 4th Infantry is the tenth US Army Division to arrive in Great Britain.
The past five months have seen the arrival of the 1st,2nd,5th,8th,9th and 28th, Infantry Division, the 101st Airborne and the 2nd and 4th Armored Division. (82nd Airborne which as been in Africa since May 1943 and July 1943 in Italy and will be transferred in Great Britain in April 1944). They all join the 29th Infantry Division, which as been in England since October 1942.
4th Infantry Division Insigna

4th Infantry Division Insigna

A fleet of Landing Craft Assault during exercises prior to the invasion of Normandy.

A fleet of Landing Craft Assault during exercises prior to the invasion of Normandy.

Jeep stationed close to gas station in England before invasion

Jeep stationed close to gas station in England before invasion

General George S. Patton

US General George S. Patton flies into a US Army Air Force Base in southern England from the Mediterranean. He arrives without any ceremony and is driven directly to central London for a meeting with Eisenhower. Patton has no held a combat command since the summer of 1943, when he publicly slapped a shell-shocked soldier during the Sicily campaign. Now Eisenhower tell him his career is to be revived and that after the invasion he his to command the US Third Army for its breakout from the Normandy Bridgehead. He will under the command of General Bradley.

FORTITUDE (FUSAG)

The Third Army is currently still being formed in the united states , and until it is activate in France, Patton’s task will be to lend his high public profile to a FORTITUDE South deception plan, part of Operation Bodyguard. Patton gratefully accepts command of the Third Army and agrees to his role in the FUSAG (First US Army Group) deception. He will neot be involved in the invasion planning and neither will he lead a combat unit on D-Day itself.
Inflatable tank for operation Fortitude.

Inflatable tank for operation Fortitude.

January 26, 2018