In mid-November,1944, the 87th arrived on the continent
into the Metz area on the
plans hadbeen for the division to relieve another
here and receive its baptism of fireon this diminishing front. The
offensive in December, however,changed these plans and the 87th wasone of the divisions that Gen. Patton
him to help smash Von Rund-stedt's drive.
early February, 1945, the winter-
87th helped to spearhead anothersmashing
Army drive. Underheavy barrages of the enemy the
sion forced a crossing of the Our River
began the drive toward Luxembourg.
February the divisionfought well into Belgium and the follow
month consolidated gains. In
1945, the division prepared to
decisive blows against the German
1945, the 87th crossedthe Moselle River
great speed and
of Coblenz was the start of another great
Army drive intothe Rhineland. Crossing of the Rhineby the 87th was accomplished by sheer
and courage. As the first wave of troops moved across the river the enemythrew up flares. By that light the Germans brought to bear heavy and accurate mortar fire. Despite the casualties,however, the 87th pressed ahead and bythe war's end had blasted its way
field of green on which is superimposed a golden acorn. The acorn issymbolic of strength.
Division left thiscountry November 4, 1944 for EuropeanTheater of Operations and moved intothe combat area
great speed, being
the Metz sector about November 20,1944.
345th, 346th, 347th
Regiments; 334th, 336th,912th (L)
Stalwart and Strong.
25, 1945 No.
booklet on the Acorn Division's
from the European war was pre-pared for the men of the
by the Officeof the Governor of Connecticut. It isbelieved that it will
to the souvenirs and memorabiliaof
who participated in the
great German Wehrmacht.The courtesies and assistance of publicrelations officers, at the Ports and at
Devens Reception Station, greatlyfacilitated the gathering of the materialfor this booklet. Pictures are from U. S.Army Signal Corps, Press Association andNew York Daily News. The divisional
prepared by the Office of Tech-
Information, A. G. F. The summaryof the Division in action was prepared by
L t .
C. G. Davenport, Division P. R. O.
limited number of copies are avail-able for distribution, to
in Connecticut only. They canbe secured by written request to the Officeof the Governor,
Capitol, Hartford,Connecticut.Reproduction of original material is per-missible only with written authorization.