Forces of Valor 83006 US 3rd Infantry Division [Mech] Figure Pack - Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003 (1:32 Scale)
"In war there is no second prize for the runner-up."
- General Omar Bradley
The true Forces of Valor...the men that fought the battles, the men behind the machines, and the men that paid the ultimate sacrifice. These men came from every nation and every creed to battle on their countries' behalf. Unrecognized acts of heroism occurred every hour of every day across every battlefield all over the world.
Today's fighting forces are similar to those of the past. The makeup of men, now joined by women, remains basically the same. Acts of heroism, keen determination, and sheer willpower define today's Forces of Valor... They travel to lands far and wide, protect "Free World" interests, rapidly organize for combat operations, and constantly put themselves in harm's way.
This set consists of five soldiers in various poses from the US 3rd Infantry Division. Comes with sandbags and a variety of battlefield equipment.
Height: 2 inches
Release Date: August 2005
Historical Account: "Rock of the Marne" - The 3rd Infantry Division was activated at Camp Greene, North Carolina, in November 1917. Eight months later, at midnight on July 14, 1918 the Division went into combat for the first time. During World War I, as a member of the American Expeditionary Force to Europe the Division earned its name as the "Rock of the Marne," when surrounding units retreated, the 3rd Infantry Division remained rock solid. Although the stand was quite successful, we paid a high price. General "Black Jack" Pershing said it best, when he called the Division's performance one of the most brilliant of our military annals.
World War II was to add even greater glory to the Marne Legend. In World War II, the 3d Infantry Division was one of the Army's premier assault units. Gen. Lucian K. Truscott, Jr. led the division in battles North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and France. As the sole United States fighting force for 531 continuous days of combat, the 3rd Infantry Division fought in places like Casablanca, Anzio, Tome, the Vosges Mountains, Colmar, the Siegfried Line, Palermo, Nurnberg, Munich, Berchtesgaden, and Salzburg.
In January 2003, Soldiers in the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) were officially informed that they were headed for the Middle East to do their part in Operation Enduring Freedom.