"Blackhawk Division"

 86th Infantry Division USA

The division insignia consists of a small red shield with the initials "B" and "H" in black superimposed upon a design of a blackhawk which, in turn, is superimposed upon a red shield. The personnel of the division was originally drawn from the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, formerly the territory inhabited by Chief Black Hawk and his tribe. The insignia is a tribute to the pioneers of this sector, and in recognition of their prowess in battles with the Indians. The bird symbolizes keenness, cunning, and tenacity.

Arrived European Theatre of Operations on 3 March 1945.

Arrived Continent 3 March 1945 and the Division entered combat at 29 March 1945 

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