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This is just a start to follow the US First Infantry Division (aka The Bloody First, The Big Red One) and their actions during the Second World War. Since the
Close Combat series has returned to following a specific unit, it seems appropriate to highlight the units' historical path and compare that with the battles
the game producers will be providing in Close Combat: The Bloody First.
November 1942: OPERATION TORCH - Landed at Oran in North Africa.
January-May 1943: TUNSIAN CAMPAIGN - Elements fought in Maktar, Medjez el Bab, Kasserine Pass, Gafsa, El Guettar, Beja, and Mateur.
July 1943: OPERATION HUSKY - The First was the first ashore in the Allied invasion of Sicily.
June 1944: D-DAY - assaulted Omaha Beach, secured Formigny and Caumont in the beachhead.
July 1944: Broke through St. Lo and then attacked Marigny.
October 1944: The Division laid siege to Aachen, taking the city after a direct assault.
December 1944-January 1945: VON RUNDSTEDT OFFENSIVE-Ardennes defensive actions.
February 1945: Fought across the Roer and drove to the Rhine.
March 1945: The Bloody First took part in the encirclement of the Ruhr Pocket and captured Paderborn.
End of War: The First pushed through the Harz Mountains, and was in Czechoslovakia, at Kinsperk, Sangerberg, and Mnichov.
The First Infantry Division - Wikipedia
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