WW II-90th Infantry in Normandy TB
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Texas, United States
In the hands of RebelPenguin.
This is not collectible.
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This travel bug has two modest goals, to survive more than five years and to be moved by 25 cachers. As of 5-Apr-19 it had been circulating for 5.7 years, but it had been moved by only 9 cachers.
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About This Item
Replica Shoulder Patch. This travel bug is one of several made to recognize the US Army Divisions that fought in Normandy and elsewhere in France in 1944. In the summer of 2012 the travel bug owner activated, dipped, then, in October, took the travel bugs to Normandy beaches, towns, museums and the American cemetery above Omaha Beach. Some of the bugs were released in France, but most were brought back to the states to be put into circulation.
The 90th Infantry Division landed in England in April 1944 and trained 4 June. The first elements of the division saw action on D-Day, on Utah Beach. The remainder entering combat 10 June, cutting across the Merderet River to take Pont l'Abbe in heavy fighting. After defensive action along the river Douve, the division attacked to clear the Foret de Mont-Castre clearing it by 11 July, in spite of fierce resistance. On 12 August, the division drove across the Sarthe River, north and east of Le Mans, and took part in the closing of the Falaise Gap, by reaching 1st Polish Armored Division in Chambois, 19 August.
The 90thwas originally called the Texas-Oklahoma Division because of the origin of its initial manpower. This is acknowledged by the red T and O on the khaki-colored shoulder patch. Later the TO was understood to mean "Tough 'Ombres," employing a corruption of a Spanish word.
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