63rd US Infantry Division "Blood and Fire"

Divisional information
Divisional troops

Divisional information

Constituted 18.01.1943
Activated 15.06.1943
Inactivated 29.09.1945

Rhineland in WWII
Central Europe in WWII

Commanding Officer

00.06.1943-00.08.1945 Maj.-Gen. Louis Emerson Hibbs
00.08.1945-00.09.1945 Brig.-Gen. Frederick M. Harris

Divisional troops


253rd Infantry Regiment 18.01.1943-27.09.1945
254th Infantry Regiment 18.01.1943-29.09.1945
255th Infantry Regiment 18.01.1943-29.09.1945

Field Artillery (FA)
718th FA Battalion (155mm) 18.01.1943-27.09.1945
861st FA Battalion (105mm) 18.01.1943-29.09.1945
862nd FA Battalion (105mm) 18.01.1943-27.09.1945
863rd FA Battalion (105mm) 18.01.1943-29.09.1945

Other troops
263rd Engineer Combat Battalion 18.01.1943-27.09.1945
363rd Medical Battalion 18.01.1943-27.09.1945
563rd Signal Company 18.01.1943-27.09.1945
763rd Ordnance Light Maintenance Company 18.01.1943-27.09.1945
63rd Hq & Hq Company, 63rd Infantry Division 18.01.1943-27.09.1945
63rd Hq & Hq Battery, 63rd Division Artillery 18.01.1943-27.09.1945
Headquarters Special Troops 18.01.1943-27.09.1945
63rd Counter Intelligence Company 18.01.1943-27.09.1945
63rd Quartermaster Company 18.01.1943-27.09.1945
63rd Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized) 18.01.1943-27.09.1945
63rd MP Platoon 18.01.1943-27.09.1945
63rd Infantry Division Band 18.01.1943-27.09.1945


Anti-Aircraft Artillery (AAA)

36th AAA Battalion (Mobile) 11.02.1945-01.05.1945
1st Platoon, C Battery, 353rd AAA Battalion 16.02.1945-30.04.1945

A Company, 749th Tank Battalion 02.03.1945-04.03.1945
C Company, 43rd Tank Battalion, 12th Armored Division 09.03.1945-12.03.1945
70th Tank Battalion 12.03.1945-18.03.1945
740th Tank Battalion 17.03.1945-28.03.1945
15th Tank Battalion (as part of Combat Command A, 6th Armored Division) 19.03.1945-20.03.1945
753rd Tank Battalion 31.03.1945-28.05.1945

A Company, 99th Chemical Mortar Battalion 22.02.1945-22.03.1945
99th Chemical Mortar Battalion (less C Company) 17.03.1945-21.03.1945
99th Chemical Mortar Battalion (less BCompany) 19.04.1945-28.05.1945
A Company, 83rd Chemical Mortar Battalion 31.03.1945-19.04.1945

B Company, 25th Armored Engineers Battalion
(as part of Combat Command A, 6th Armd. Div.)
256th Engineers Combat Battalion 14.03.1945-20.03.1945
6638th Mine Clearing Platoon 14.03.1945-20.03.1945
1271th Engineers Combat Battalion 29.03.1945-14.04.1945
2827th Engineers Combat Battalion 12.04.1945-18.04.1945
286th Engineers Combat Battalion 18.04.1945-27.04.1945

Field Artillery (FA)
212th Armored FA Battalion (as part of Combat Command A, 6th Armd. Div.) 19.03.1945-20.03.1945
18th FA Battalion (105mm) 13.03.1945-21.03.1945
522nd FA Battalion (105mm) 13.03.1945-22.03.1945
93rd Armored FA Battalion 21.03.1945-24.03.1945
59th Armored FA Battalion 31.03.1945-04.04.1945
36th FA Group 19.04.1945-28.05.1945
162nd FA Battalion (105mm) 08.05.1945-28.05.1945

9th Armd. Infantry Battalion (as part of Combat Command A, 6th Armd. Div.) 19.03.1945-20.03.1945
65th Infantry Battalion (less A & C Company) 30.04.1945-12.05.1945
436th Automatic Weapons Battalion 11.02.1945-01.03.1945

Reconnaissance (Recon)
Troop A, 86th Cav. Recon Sq (as part of Combat Command A, 6th Armd. Div.) 19.03.1945-20.03.1945
92nd Cavalry Recon Squad, 12th Armored Division 15.03.1945-16.03.1945
116th Cavalry Recon Squad 15.03.1945-20.03.1945
101th Cavalry Recon Squad 17.03.1945-20.03.1945
107th Cavalry Recon Squad 02.04.1945-19.04.1945

Tank Destroyer
822nd Tank Destroyer Battalion (Self Propelled) 06.02.1945-17.03.1945 & 21.03.1945-28.05.1945
776th Tank Destroyer Battalion (Self Propelled) 16.03.1945-21.03.1945
692nd Tank Destroyer Battalion (Self Propelled) 30.03.1945-31.03.1945


04.12.1944     6th Army Group
10.12.1944   7th Army 6th Army Group
01.02.1945 XV Corps 7th Army 6th Army Group
22.02.1945 XXI Corps 7th Army 6th Army Group
21.03.1945 XV Corps 7th Army 6th Army Group
26.03.1945 XXI Corps 7th Army 6th Army Group
01.04.1945 VI Corps 7th Army 6th Army Group
19.04.1945-30.04.1945 XXI Corps 7th Army 6th Army Group


Unit Attached to
254th Infantry Regiment 3rd Infantry Division 28.12.1944-09.02.1945
255th Infantry Regiment 100th Infantry Division 31.12.1944-19.01.1945
253rd Infantry Regiment 44th Infantry Division 31.12.1944-06.02.1945
255th Infantry Regiment 44th Infantry Division 19.01.1945-06.02.1945
254th Infantry Regiment 100th Infantry Division 09.02.1945-17.02.1945
63rd Division Artillery 45th Infantry Division 24.03.1945-27.03.1945
2nd Battalion, 254th Infantry Regiment Task Force, 6th Army Group 31.03.1945-05.04.1945
2nd Battalion, 253rd Infantry Regiment 35th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Brigade 16.04.1945-20.04.1945

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