Forces of Valor 83009 US 1st Infantry Division "Big Red One" Figure Pack - Normandy, 1944 [D-Day Commemorative Packaging] (1:32 Scale)
"In war there is no second prize for the runner-up."
- General Omar Bradley
In World War II, the 1st Infantry Division landed in Oran, Algeria as part of Operation Torch. Elements then took part in combat at Maktar, Medjez el Bab, Kasserine Pass, Gafsa, El Guettar, Baja, and Mateur, January 21st - May 9th, 1943, helping secure Tunisia. 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 U.S. II Corps. On August 7th, 1943, command was assumed by Major General Clarence R. Huebner.
When that campaign was over, the division returned to England to prepare for the Normandy invasion. It was the division that stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day, some units suffering 30 percent casualties in the first hour, and secured Formigny and Caumont in the beachhead. The division followed up the St. Lo break-through with an attack on Marigny, July 27th, 1944, and then drove across France in a continuous offensive, reaching the German border at Aachen in September. The division laid siege to Aachen, taking the city after a direct assault, October 21st, 1944. The First then attacked east of Aachen through Hurtgen Forest, driving to the Roer, and moved to a rest area on December 7th for its first real rest in 6 months' combat, when the Wacht Am Rhein offensive (commonly called the Battle of the Bulge) suddenly broke loose on the 16th. The division raced to the Ardennes, and fighting continuously from the 17th to January 28th, 1945, helped blunt and turn back the German offensive. Thereupon, the division attacked and again breached the Siegfried Line, fought across the Roer, and drove on to the Rhine, crossing at the Remagen bridgehead in March 1945. The division broke out of the bridgehead, took part in the encirclement of the Ruhr Pocket, captured Paderborn, pushed through the Harz Mountains, and was in Czechoslovakia, at Kinsperk, Sangerberg, and Mnichov, when the war in Europe ended. Sixteen members of the division were awarded the Medal of Honor.
This set consists of four 1:32 scale US soldiers in various poses from the 1st Infantry Division. Comes with sandbags and a variety of battlefield equipment. Sold Out!
Height: 2 inches
Release Date: September 2010