For HUSKY, are you counting 2nd Armored, 1st, 3rd, and the 82nd, or just the first three? Some of the 82nd went in by air, some by sea, of course.Sid Guttridge wrote: ↑13 Mar 2021 18:33Hi Guys,
I was just looking at the US forces used in the initial landings in the Mediterranean from July 1943. By a quick calculation:
In Sicily, the US landed three divisions with previous combat experience and one without.
In the invasion of Italy, at Anzio and in the south of France all the US divisions initially landed by sea had previous combat experience.
For AVALANCHE, I'd say yes for the 45th, but no for the 36th. Also have to consider the elements of the 82nd that were committed.
The US element of the SHINGLE assault force was the 3rd, so yes; for DRAGOON, 3rd, 36th, and 45th were all experienced, as well as some elements of the 1st ATF (depending on how one categorizes the 1st SSF, which went in by sea).
For NEPTUNE/OVERLORD, all four US "veteran" divisions (1st, 9th, 2nd Armored, and 82nd Airborne) had combat experience as divisions.