Recreating History

101st Airborne Division

World War II

Activated: 15 August 1942.

Overseas: 5 September 1943.

Campaigns: Rhineland, Central Europe, Normandy, Ardennes-Alsace.

Days of combat: 214.

Distinguished Unit Citations: 12.

Awards: MH-2 ; DSC-56 ; DSM-2 ; SS-456 ; LM-20; SM-4 ; BSM-9,488 ; AM-48.


Maj. Gen. William C. Lee (5 August 1942-30 March 1944)
Maj. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor (31 March 1944-4 December 1944)
Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe (5 December 1944-26 December 1944)
Maj. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor (27 December 1944-September 1945)
Brig. Gen. William M. Gillmore (September 1945)
Brig. Gen. Gerald St. C. Mickle (September 1945)
Brig. Gen. Stuart Cutler (October to inactivation).

Inactivated: 30 November 1945 in Europe.

Reactivated: 6 July 1948.

Combat Chronicle

The 101st Airborne arrived in England, 15 September 1943, and received additional training in Berkshire and Wiltshire. On 6 June 1944, the Division was dropped into Normandy behind Utah Beach. Against fierce resistance it took Pouppeville, Vierville, and St. Come du Mont. On the 12th, the stronghold of Carentan fell, and after mopping up and maintaining its positions, the Division returned to England, 13 July, for rest and training. On 17 September 1944, taking part in one of the largest of airborne invasions, the 101st landed in Holland, took Vechel and held the Zon bridge. St. Oedenrode and Eindhoven fell after sharp fighting on the 17th and 18th. Opheusden changed hands in a shifting struggle, but the enemy was finally forced to withdraw, 9 October. After extensive patrols, the Division returned to France, 28 November, for further training. On 18 December, it moved to Belgium to stop the German breakthrough. Moving into Bastogne under the acting command of Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe, it set up a circular defense and although completely surrounded, refused to surrender on 22 December. Its perimeter held against violent attacks. The 4th Armored Division finally reached the 101st on the 26th and the enemy offensive was blunted. Very heavy fighting continued near Bastogne for the rest of December and January. On 17 January 1945, the Division moved to Drulingen and Pfaffenhoffen in Alsace and engaged in defensive harassing patrols along the Moder River. On 31 January, it crossed the Moder in a three-company raid. After assembling at Mourmelon, France, 26 February 1945, for training, it moved to the Ruhr pocket, 31 March, patrolling and raiding in April and engaging in military government at Rheydt and Munchen-Gladbach. The 101st reached Berchtesgaden by the end of the war and performed occupational duties until inactivation in Germany.

Assignments in the ETO

22 January 1944: VIII Corps, but attached to First Army.
13 March 1944: First Army.
6 June 1944: VII Corps, First Army.
15 June 1944: VIII Corps.
15 July 1944: Ninth Army.
12 August 1944: XVIII (Abn) Corps, First Allied (Abn) Army.
18 September 1944: First Allied (Abn) Army, but attached to the British XXX Corps, British Second Army.
21 September 1944: British I (Abn) Corps.
23 September 1944: British VIII Corps.
28 September 1944: British XII Corps.
9 November 1944: First Allied (Abn) Army, but attached to the Canadian II Corps, Canadian First Army.
17 December 1944: First Allied (Abn) Army, but attached to the VIII Corps, Third Army, 12th Army Group.
26 December 1944: III Corps.
29 December 1944: VIII Corps.
19 January 1945: First Allied (Abn) Army, but attached to the Third Army, 12th Army Group.
20 January 1945: First Allied (Abn) Army, but attached to the XV Corps, Seventh Army, 6th Army Group.
26 January 1945: VI Corps.
28 February 1945: XVIII (Abn) Corps, First Allied (Abn) Army.
1 April 1945: First Allied (Abn) Army, but attached to the XXII Corps, Fifteenth Army, 12th Army Group.
6 April 1945: First Allied (Abn) Army, but attached to the 12th Army Group.
17 April 1945: First Allied (Abn) Army, but attached to the Seventh Army, 6th Army Group.
23 April 1945: VI Corps.
4 May 1945: XXI Corps.


Nickname: Screaming Eagle. Shoulder patch: Black badge with black arc streaming above; on the badge is white screaming eagle; appearing on arc, in white, is “Airborne.” Association: 101st Airborne Division Association (Carl E. Trimble, secretary), 17 Dupont Circle NW., Washington, D. C. Publications: Epic of the 101st Airborne Division; by unit members; 101st Airborne Division Association; Rendezvous with Destiny; by First Lt. Leonard Rapport and Lt. Arthur Northwood; The Infantry Journal, Washington 6, D. C., 1947.

101st US Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles"

Divisional troops


502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
506th Parachute Infantry Regiment 01.03.1945-00.00.0000
327th Glider Infantry Regiment 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
401st Glider Infantry Regiment 00.00.0000-01.03.1945

Other troops

326th Airborne Engineer Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
81st Airborne AA Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
101st Parachute Maintenance Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
326th Airborne Medical Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
801st Ordnance Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
426th Quartermaster Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
101st Signal Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Military Police Platoon 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Headquarters Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Reconnaissance Platoon 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Band 01.03.1945-00.00.0000


24th Cavalry Recon. Squadron 29.06.1944-08.07.1944
4th Cavalry Group 01.07.1944-08.07.1944
53rd Recon. Regiment, 53rd Division (British) 05.10.1944-06.10.1944 & 13.10.1944-19.10.1944
A & B Squadrons, Royal Scots Greys (British) 06.10.1944-07.10.1944
61st Recon. Regiment (British) 06.10.1944-12.10.1944
C Squadron, Royal Scots Greys (British) 06.10.1944-17.10.1944
C Squadron, 61st Recon. Regiment (British) 10.10.1944-12.10.1944
101st Cavalry Group 05.05.1945-09.05.1945
116th Cavalry Recon. Squadron 08.05.1945-09.05.1945


506th Parachute Infantry Regiment 15.09.1943-01.03.1945
501st Parachute Infantry Regiment 00.01.1944-09.05.1945
5th Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (British) 05.10.1944-00.00.0000
Sherwood Rangers (British) 22.10.1944-02.11.1944
152nd Brigade, 51st Highland Division (British) 19.11.1944-26.11.1944
509th Parachute Infantry Battalion 22.11.1944-18.12.1944
Task Force Higgins 03.01.1945-06.01.1945
193rd Glider Infantry, 17th Airborne Division 03.01.1945-07.01.1945 & 4.01.1945-18.01.1945



Unit Attached to  
D, E & F Batteries, 81st AA Battalion VII Corps 06.06.1944-11.06.1944
2nd Battalion, 401st Glider Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division 06.06.1944-01.03.1945
502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division 04.10.1944-05.10.1944
377th Parachute FA Battalion 100th Infantry Division 25.01.1945-28.01.1945
506th Parachute Infantry Regiment 4th Infantry Division 02.05.1945-03.05.1945


Sources & links:

US Army Center of Military History