WW II-5th Infantry in Normandy TB
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Texas, United States
In Lost Treasure of Lapincape
This is not collectible.
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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 5th Infantry Division landed on Utah Beach, 9 July 1944 and four days later took up defensive positions in the vicinity of Caumont. In August the division had successful attacks at Vidouville, Angers, Chartres (assisted by the 7th Armored Division), and crossed the Seine at Montereau, crossed the Marne and seized Reims and positions east of Verdun.
The color red was selected for the patch as a compliment to the then Commanding Officer whose branch of the service was the Artillery. The "ace of diamonds" was selected from the trade phrase "Diamond dye - it never runs." Symbolically the diamond is comprised of two adjacent isosceles triangles which make for the for the greatest structural strength.
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